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Joe Pye Weed

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A majestic and dominating plant with height for the back of the bed, this plant will fill the right sized space; fluffy plumes of violet flowers, attractive leaves and strong stems; tasty seeds for birds and nectar for butterflies

Characteristics

Species:
purpureum
Other Species Names:
Gravel Root, Kidney Root, Purple Boneset
Average Landscape Height:
8 feet
Average Landscape Width:
4 feet
Genus:
Eupatorium
Branching:
herbaceous
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
leggy
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
spring cleanup
Spacing:
3 feet
Flower Color:
violet
Flower Bud Color:
fuchsia
Flower Fragrance:
high
Flower Period:
from mid summer to early fall
Summer Foliage Color:
forest green
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Moisture:
wet
Minimum Moisture:
average
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

Ornamental Features

Joe Pye Weed has masses of beautiful plumes of fragrant violet flowers at the ends of the stems from mid summer to early fall, which emerge from distinctive fuchsia flower buds, and which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its serrated narrow leaves remain forest green in color throughout the season. The burgundy stems can be quite attractive.

Landscape Attributes

Joe Pye Weed is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its wonderfully bold, coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced garden composition.

Planting & Growing

Joe Pye Weed will grow to be about 7 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 3 feet apart. It tends to be leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and should be underplanted with lower-growing perennials. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 15 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is native to parts of North America. It can be propagated by division.

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