Ironweed is a favorite nectar source of Monarchs and other butterflies. It paints the garden with large brush strokes of purple flowers. When planted next to Marsh Milkweed, expect a constant supply of monarchs in late summer. Great for rain gardens and large gardens with moist soil.
Sun: Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture: Medium, Medium-Wet
Height: 6 feet
Blooms: July, Aug, Sept
Benefits: Butterflies, Pollinators, Deer Resistant
Ironweed is a tall, strong flower that is best planted in small groups or scattered individually in the middle or back of rain gardens or shoreline restorations. Expect to see a lot of monarch butterflies feeding on the nectar when planted near Marsh Milkweed, a host for monarch caterpillars.