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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