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Eupatorium purpureum

Joe Pye Weed

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Eupatorium purpureum (Joe Pye Weed)

This summer standout is easily grown in average, medium moisture soils in full sun to part shade. Joe Pye naturally occur in low moist ground, in wet meadows and thickets and along stream margins. Plants prefer gardens with moist, rich soils. It is an erect, clump-forming perennial which typically grows tall with coarse dark green foliage. Clusters of tiny, vanilla-scented, dull pinkish-purple flowers are excellent butterfly attractants. Flowers give way to attractive seed heads which persist well into winter.

Additional Information:

5-7 Feet


2-4 Feet


Bloom/Seasonal Color

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-9

Home Owner Growing and Maintenance Tips:
Cut plants to the ground in late winter. Best propagated by stem cuttings.

Good Companions
Tussock Sedge (Carex stricta), Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis), Sweet Coneflower (Rudbeckia subtomentosa), Golden Ragwort (Packera aureus)

Characteristics & Attributes

Hydrologic Designation


Nature Attracting

Beneficial Insects

Season of Interest

Late (July-frost)

Soil Moisture


Sun Exposure

Medium Sun/Average Shade
Full Sun

USFS MO Ecological Map

Wildlife Benefit

Butterfly Nectar