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Eupatorium maculatum (Spotted Joe-Pye Weed)

Spotted Joe-pye Weed, Joe-pye Weed, Spotted Trumpetweed, Eutrochium maculatum, Eupatorium maculatum, Eupatorium purpureum var. maculatum


Appreciated for their stature, ease of cultivation and attractive flowers, Eupatorium maculatum, commonly known as Joe Pye Weed, are strong growing perennials that provide a wonderful garden presence. Native to North America, they are noted for their erect, purple-stained stems (therefore "maculata") that are branched with flat-topped, 4-5 in. (10-12 cm) clusters of eye-catching rose-purple to mauve flowers. Often fragrant, their blossoms are attractive to bees and butterflies in search of nectar.

  • Hardy, Eupatorium maculatum blooms profusely from midsummer to fall and remains extremely attractive throughout winter thanks to its ornamental seed heads that persist and provide food for the birds. They are particularly striking when covered in hoar frost or snow.
  • This upright perennial elegantly rises up to 5- 8 ft. (150-240 cm) and spreads 4-5 ft. wide (120-150 cm).
  • Combines beautifully in striking color combinations with other perennial plants such as Asters, Helianthus or ornamental grasses. Very useful and adaptable in the garden, this is an excellent choice as an accent plant, or for borders, cottage gardens, meadows, wild gardens, rain gardens. Good as cut flowers too!
  • Low maintenance and trouble-free, Joe Pye Weed performs best in full sun to part shade. It thrives in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Fertile, moist soils are preferred.

Eupatorium Maculatum, Spotted Joe-Pye Weed, Eupatorium Purpureum subsp. maculatum 'Atropurpureum', Eupatorium Atropurpureum, Eupatorium fistulosum 'Atropurpureum', Eupatorium maculatum 'Atropurpureum', Eupatorium purpureum 'Atropurpureum'

  • Deer, rabbit, clay and wet soil tolerant.
  • Spreads quickly, but is not invasive. Seeds freely but not too prolifically. Cut to the ground in late winter.

Main Eupatorium maculatum varieties:

  • Eupatorium maculatum 'Gateway' - a popular cultivar with large flower heads - up to 8 in. wide (20 cm). Purple-pink blossoms atop dark green, lance-shaped foliage. May reach up to 6 ft. (180 cm)
  • Eupatorium maculatum 'Glutball' - magnificent with large flower heads - up to 8 in. wide (20 cm). Purple-pink blossoms atop dark green, lance-shaped foliage. May reach up to 6 ft. (180 cm)
  • Eupatorium maculatum 'Orchard Dene' - Upright, imposing with mid green lanceolate and serrate leaves, foliage, dusty pink flower heads with contrasting green stems with dark purplish-red dashes. Up to 8 ft. tall (240 cm) and 5 ft. wide (150 cm). AGM award (2006).
  • Eupatorium maculatum 'Purple Bush' - Upright, bushy, compact with dark green lanceolate leaves, dusty pink flower heads and lovely green stems with dark purplish-red dashes. Up to 7 ft. tall (210 cm) and 5 ft. wide (150 cm). AGM award (2006).
  • Eupatorium maculatum 'Riesenschirm' - statuesque presence with dark green foliage, huge flower heads in shades of grayish-pink and lovely dark purple stems. Up to 5 ft tall (150 cm) and 4 ft. wide (120 cm). AGM award (2006).

 

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Eupatorium - Joe-Pye Weeds
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 5' – 8' (150cm – 240cm)
Spread 4' – 5' (120cm – 150cm)
Spacing 48" – 72" (120cm – 180cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Washington, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Southeast, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, New Mexico
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Rabbit, Wet Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Eupatorium - Joe-Pye Weeds
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 5' – 8' (150cm – 240cm)
Spread 4' – 5' (120cm – 150cm)
Spacing 48" – 72" (120cm – 180cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Washington, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Southeast, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, New Mexico
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Rabbit, Wet Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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