Eupatorium ‘Variegatum’ (Variegated Boneset) [20 Seeds]


Germination Information: I recommend these seeds for experienced seed-starters only, because they may require some patience and experimentation. The easiest approach is to surface-sow the seeds in a pot in fall to early winter, setting them outdoors in a spot protected from mice and slugs so they can get a natural chilling period and then germinate when conditions are right in spring.

If you sow after January, consider giving the pot an artificial chilling period of about a month.

It is possible that these seeds could germinate (though perhaps at a lower than optimal percentage) if you start them in warm, moist, bright conditions. But if you try that and no seedlings appear within 3 weeks or so, then try the artificial chilling period before moving them back to warmth and light.

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The proper naming on this one is difficult to untangle. I have been growing it for many years as ‘Jocius’ Variegate’ snakeroot, a strain that was often distributed under the species name Ageratina aromatica or Eupatorium aromaticum, and I previously sold the seeds as Ageratina ‘Jocius’ Variegate’. I’ve suspected for a while that it is actually tall boneset (Eupatorium altissimum), but the plants I have don’t neatly fit into any species descriptions I’ve found so far. Just in case the plants I have now are somehow different the original ‘Jocius’ Variegate’ (E. altissimum is native in PA, so perhaps some crossing was involved?), I figure that Eupatorium ‘Variegatum’ is a suitable moniker.

Really, the name doesn’t matter; what matters is that this is a nice-looking plant! It grows in clumps of branching, 4- to 6-foot-tall stems that carry light yellow- to cream-streaked leaves are topped with heads of fluffy white flowers in late summer into fall. The overall effect is like that of a white-flowered Joe-Pye weed, and the flowers are as attractive to pollinators. The variegation on this strain comes mostly true from seed and is brightest in spring, becoming more subtle as the growing season progresses. It varies from plant to plant, and even in the stems on a single plant. I collected these seeds from plants with particularly showy markings. Just keep in mind that, like other eupatoriums, this one can self-sow freely if not deadheaded. Perennial; Zones 4 to 9.

Collected in late October 2022. At least 20 seeds.

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