Vernonia noveboracensis (New York Ironweed) [25 Seeds]


Germination Information: I recommend these seeds only for gardeners who have experience with seeds that require a chilling period. The easiest approach is to surface-sow the seeds in a pot in fall to early winter, setting them outdoors in a spot protected from mice so they can get a natural chilling period and then germinate when conditions are right in spring.

If you sow much after December, give the pot an artificial chilling period of about 2 months.

It is possible that these seeds could germinate if you sow them in warm, moist, bright conditions. But if you try that and no seedlings appear within 2 weeks or so, then proceed with the artificial chilling period.

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New York ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis) bears showy clusters of bright purple flowers at the tips of 4- to 5-foot-tall stems in late summer to early fall. It looks right at home in meadow gardens or naturalistic borders, particularly when paired with warm-season grasses, such as switch grasses (Panicum) and Indian grass (Sorghastrum nutans), and other late-blooming perennials, such as pink Joe-Pye weed (Eutrochium maculatum) and bright yellow golden lace (Patrinia scabiosifolia). And, butterflies love it! US native; these seeds are from plants growing wild in my meadow in Bucks County, PA. Full sun. Perennial; Zones 4 to 9.

Collected starting in late September 2022. At least 25 seeds. PA ecotype.

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