Joe Pye weed

Eupatorium maculatum

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Joe Pye weed (Eupatorium maculatum)
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Genus:  Eupatorium
Large, flat-topped flowerheads in shades of purple add soft color and texture to the summer and fall garden. The leaves are purple-tinged on thick stems with maroon spots. Butterflies love this eastern U.S. native.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Grow this plant where its stature can be appreciated, in a mixed border or in wild or other naturalized areas. It prefers moist soil in full sun or partial shade.
Care:  Site in full sun or partial shade and moist soil.
Propagation:  Sow seed in a cold frame in spring; divide hardy species in spring.
Problems:  Rust, powdery mildew, white smut, Cercospora and Septoria leaf spot, Southern blight, snail, slugs.

Overview

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
Fall,
Summer
Flower Color
Niagara
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Naturalizing
Style
Cottage Garden,
Meadow Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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