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Eutrochium dubium (Coastal Plain Joe Pye Weed)

Coastal Plain Joe Pye Weed, Eastern Joe-Pye Weed, Joepye Thoroughwort, Eupatoriadelphus dubius, Eupatorium dubium

Eutrochium dubium, Coastal Plain Joe Pye Weed,  Eastern Joe-Pye Weed, Joepye Thoroughwort, Eupatoriadelphus dubius, Eupatorium dubium

Eutrochium dubium (Coastal Plain Joe Pye Weed) is an upright perennial with purple-spotted, unbranched stems boasting large dome-shaped clusters, 4-7 in. wide (10-17 cm), of small, pale pink to dark purple flowers from mid-summer to early fall. Borne atop erect, strong stems which are hollow, the long-lasting blossoms are attractive to butterflies and pollinators in search of nectar. They give way to attractive, soft buff colored seedheads, which persist well into winter. Ovate, coarsely-toothed, deep green leaves, up to 6 in. long (15 cm), are arranged in whorls along the erect stems. Native primarily to sandy swamps, riverbanks, and moist thickets in Eastern North America, Eutrochium dubium is quite adaptable. It grows easily in a wide range of soils from moist, fertile, and humusy to sandy or gravelly and in full sun to part shade. It provides a wonderful garden presence and late-season flowers at a time when choices may be limited. Use it in the informal setting of a cottage garden or allow it to naturalize in prairies or meadows.

  • Grows up to 3-5 ft. tall (90-150 cm) and 2-4 ft. wide (60-120 cm). Will spread in the landscape by self-seeding.
  • Performs best in full sun to part shade in fertile, humus-rich, moist soils. Tolerates wet soils, and clay soils. Soils must not be allowed to dry out.
  • Very useful and adaptable in the garden, this is an excellent choice for mixed borders, cottage gardens, rain gardensprairies and meadows, native plant gardens, and naturalized areas.
  • No serious insect or disease problems. Deer resistant.
  • Cut plants to the ground in late winter.
  • Propagate by seed or division.
  • Native to Eastern North America.

Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 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 Compositae
Genus Eupatorium
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 3' - 5'
(90cm - 150cm)
Spread 2' - 4'
(60cm - 120cm)
Spacing 48" (120cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average, High
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United States, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Maine, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Delaware, Connecticut, Southeast, Southwest, Northeast, West Virginia, North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, Nevada
Tolerance Deer, Clay Soil, Wet Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Ponds And Streams, Rain Gardens
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Informal and Cottage
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Eupatorium serotinum (Late Boneset)
Eupatorium capillifolium (Dog Fennel)
Eupatorium altissimum (Tall Boneset)
Eutrochium dubium ‘Baby Joe’ (Coastal Plain Joe Pye Weed)
Eupatorium perfoliatum (Common Boneset)
Conoclinium coelestinum (Blue Mistflower)

Recommended Companion Plants

Coreopsis tripteris (Tall Tickseed)
Lobelia siphilitica (Great Blue Lobelia)
Hibiscus moscheutos (Hardy Hibiscus)
Panicum virgatum (Switch Grass)
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.
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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 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 Compositae
Genus Eupatorium
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 3' - 5'
(90cm - 150cm)
Spread 2' - 4'
(60cm - 120cm)
Spacing 48" (120cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average, High
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United States, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Maine, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Delaware, Connecticut, Southeast, Southwest, Northeast, West Virginia, North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, Nevada
Tolerance Deer, Clay Soil, Wet Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Ponds And Streams, Rain Gardens
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Informal and Cottage
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Do I Need?
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