Eutrochium maculatum (Eupatorium maculatum)
$4.95 – $9.95
Soil: Hydric (Wet) – Mesic (medium)
Sun: Full Sun
Height: 4-6 feet
Bloom Color: Pink-Lavender
Bloom Season: June – August
Suggested Uses: Joe-Pye Weed plants are very tall and stout! Excellent for the back border or along a fence line. This plant is also widely used for shoreline restoration, moist meadows and large rain gardens. The flowers provide much-needed nectar for butterflies and the birds love the insects that hide amongst the fluffy seed heads. Can be found near calcareous fens.
Native Range: Native throughout much of the U.S. but particularly common in the Great Lakes and the Northeast regions.
Pollinators/Habitat: Bees, butterflies and moths including the federally endangered Rusty Patched Bumble Bee (Bombus affinis). A very important nectar source for adult monarch butterflies. A great plant for birds.
Flowers: The large flat-topped 4-8″ cluster is made up of individual fuzzy flower heads. The flower heads are 1/3″ wide and contain only disk flowers.
Leaves: The whorled thick leaves are 3″ to 8″ long and coarsely toothed.
Name: The King of Pontus – Mithridates Eupator, used Eupatorium as an antidote for poison.
Other Names: Spotted Joe Pye Weed
More information: USDA plant profile