Eutrochium maculatum (Joe-Pye Weed) [25 Seeds]


Germination Information: I recommend these only for gardeners who have experience with seeds that benefit from or require a chilling period. The easiest approach is to surface-sow the seeds in fall to early winter, setting them outdoors in a spot protected from mice so they can get a natural chilling period and then germinate when conditions are right in spring.

If you sow after January, give the seeds an artificial chilling period of about a month.

It is possible that these seeds could germinate (though perhaps at a less than optimal percentage) if you sow them in a pot in warm, moist, bright conditions. But if you try that and no seedlings appear within 3 to 4 weeks, then give the pot an artificial chilling period as mentioned above.

Note that this information will not be on the seed packet you receive.

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One of my favorite sights in the summer garden is the big, broad bloom clusters of spotted Joe-Pye weed (Eutrochium [formerly Eupatorium] maculatum). This tall, showy native is equally at home in a perennial border and a sunny, moist-soil meadow, and its rosy pink flowers look terrific with pretty much any other color. Use them to echo the form and color of summer phlox (Phlox paniculata), contrast them with spiky Culver’s root (Veronicastrum virginicum), or complement them with yellow, daisy-form blooms of perennial sunflowers (Helianthus). They are ideal partners for tall, warm-season grasses, too, like switch grasses (Panicum) and Indian grass (Sorghastrum nutans). Joe-Pye weed is outstanding for attracting a wide variety of butterflies, bumblebees, and other pollinators as well.

The height can vary a good deal depending on the growing conditions: maybe 3 to 4 feet in a meadow with lots of competition to 6 or 7 feet in a well-prepared border with moist, rich soil. The flowers eventually turn into fluffy seedheads in fall. They provide visual interest, as well as food for wild birds, into winter but can also self-sow freely if not deadheaded. Native to much of eastern North America; these seeds are from wild plants growing in my meadow in Bucks County, PA.  Full sun to light shade. Perennial; Zones 4 to 8.

Collected in late September 2022. At least 25 seeds. PA ecotype.

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