Purple Pillar Ironweed

Vernonia gigantea 'Purple Pillar'

Regular price $14.00

Container size:
4.5 in. wide x 5 in. deep / 32 fl. oz.

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Purple Pillar is a selection of giant ironweed with an upright habit and is the perfect plant for adding stature and attracting pollinators into the garden.

  • Tough and easy to grow
  • Sturdy stems
  • Butterfly favorite


  • 7 to 10 ft. tall
  • 4 to 5 ft. wide
  • Long lived perennial
  • Clump forming – doesn’t spread and take over
  • Hardy in USDA hardiness zones 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9

Flowering period

In central North Carolina plants start blooming in early July and continues for four to six weeks.

How to grow

Ironweed is very adaptable and can grow in a wide variety of soil types. Prefers a rich moist soil, but will thrive even in orange clay. Planting in full sun and shelter from strong winds will prevent having to stake plants. Can tolerate drought and periodic flooding with ease.

Care and maintenance

Cut the thick flowering stems down to the ground any time after a hard frost.

Where to plant

At back of flower beds to add height and color to the summer garden. It is also at home in more informal plantings, like meadows, edges of ponds, and rain gardens.

When to plant

Whenever the ground is not frozen. Plants establish quickly and love the summer heat.


3 to 4 feet apart when planting in a group.

When will my plant flower?

Plants purchased and planted before May will flower their first year if sited in a well-prepared spot and kept watered.

Native habitat and range

In the wild, Giant Ironweed grows in meadows, bottomlands, and along streambanks from New York and Michigan to Florida and Texas.

Source and origin

Plants are propagated here at the nursery by division.

 State Cost per order
AL, CT, DE, GA, IL, IN, KY, MD, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, and WV $12.00
AR, CT, FL, IL, IN, LA, MA, MI MO, MS, NH, RI, VT and WI $14.00
CO, IA, KS, ME, MN, NE, ND, OK, SD, and TX $16.00


Sorry, we can't ship plants outside of the continental United States or to AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, NM, NV, OR, and WA, due to agriculture restrictions.

Are your plants shipped in their containers?

Yes, all our plants are shipped in their growing containers. The dimensions of the containers are 4.5 inches wide by 5 inches deep or 32 fl. oz.

How long will it take to get my order?

All plants are shipped from our nursery in central North Carolina. When you select the "ship now" option, your order will be shipped within one week.

Can I get my plants shipped at a later date?

Yes, in the shopping cart select the week you would like your order to be shipped on.

What shipping carriers do you use?

USPS Priority Mail and UPS Ground for larger orders.

Do you guarantee your plants?

We guarantee our plants to be healthy, ready for planting, and correctly named. We are not able to guarantee whether a plant will grow in your garden as there are too many circumstances that are beyond our control.

On rare occasions, a plant shipped dormant may fail to emerge from its dormancy. If this happens, please let us know.

If you are concerned about a plant, please contact us within 14 days to let us know. If we can’t help you make it grow, we’ll send you a new plant or issue a refund.


Unfortunately, due to the perishable nature of plants, they can’t be returned for a refund. If your plants arrive damaged or you are unhappy with them, please let us know straight away.

What about sales tax?

We propagate our own plants and are not required to collect North Carolina sales tax.

Where can I find information about your plants?

Here are some FAQ on how we grow plants.