Eutrochium purpureum (Eupatorium purpureum)
Soil: Hydric (Wet) – Mesic (Medium)
Sun: Part Sun – Shade
Height: 3-8 feet
Bloom Color: Mauve
Bloom Season: July – August
Suggested Uses: Sweet Joe Pye Weed is a large, stately plant that is very similar to Joe-Pye-Weed (Eupatorium maculatum), but is more useful in shaded areas. It is an excellent plant for the shaded rain garden or shoreline. It is well-liked by both birds and butterflies and is deer resistant!
Native Range: Native to the eastern half of the U.S.
Pollinators: An important, high-value nectar source for adult monarch and swallowtail butterflies. It is a host plant to several species of native moths. The flowers are also very attractive to bees (including the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee – Bombus affinis).
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 smell like vanilla when crushed.
Name: The King of Pontus – Mithridates Eupator, used Eupatorium as an antidote for poison.
More information: USDA plant profile