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Eupatorium purpureum (Joe Pye weed)

Eupatorium purpureum Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Park Seed


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Eupatorium purpureum yew-pah-TOR-ee-um per-per-EE-um Common Name: Joe Pye weed Genus: Eupatorium
Large, domed flowerheads of pink, light purple, or off-white add soft color and texture to the summer and fall garden. The leaves are purple-tinged on thick stems suffused with maroon. This eastern U.S. native attracts butterflies from mid-summer to early fall.
Noteworthy characteristics: Grow this plant where its stature can be appreciated, in a mixed border or in wild or other naturalized areas. 
Care: It prefers moist, alkaline soil in full sun or partial shade.
Propagation: Sow seed in a cold frame in spring; divide in spring.
Problems: Rust, powdery mildew, white smut, Cercospora and Septoria leaf spot, Southern blight, snail, slugs.
Height 6 ft. to 10 ft.
Spread 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit Clumps
Growth Pace Fast Grower
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Medium Moisture
Maintenance Low
Characteristics Attracts Butterflies; Native; Showy Flowers
Bloom Time Early Fall; Fall; Late Summer; Summer
Flower Color Pink Flower; Purple/ Lavender Flower; White Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Naturalizing
Style Cottage Garden, Meadow Garden
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest
Type Perennials

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