I do love the foliage of the American native, narrow-leaf ironweed, Vernonia lettermanii...even before it’s topped with the purple flowers. It’s just so hard to find great textural plants like this. Average to dry soil moisture and a sunny site are the key to success with this one.
Foilage looks exactly likr Amsonia hubrichtii
It does indeeed!
I’m almost ready to buy, but just wondered if the foliage turns a beautiful gold in the fall like Amsonia does? Also, do you know if it is a deer favorite?
We’ve never noticed any fall color on the vernonia. If anyone has, perhaps they’ll chime in.
It doesn’t get the striking color like amsonia but the structure is interesting especially if you cut the seed heads which can take a while but worth it if you’re lacking winter interest . We’ve never had an issue with deer!