Reddish purple flowers form large, showy heads on 5–6′, wine-colored stems. Flowering begins in late August, but the stems and buds are ornamental well before then. Butterflies love it. This is a superior selection of E. maculatum, which is one of several species commonly known as Joe Pye Weed.
Eupatorium is a genus of about 40 species, most of them native to the eastern United States. They have long been grown where the garden meets the wild. Recent interest in native plants has encouraged the selection of more garden-worthy specimens and holds the promise of more to come.
For more information on the growing and care of Eupatorium, click Growing Guide.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
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Dodi from Southeastern Michigan
I really like this plant and now have 3 of them and have given away many seedlings. Leave a couple of flower heads if you want it to reseed. Otherwise, just deadhead when necessary. I grow it in both full sun and part shade. In sun it needs a lot of water but if it wilts it will pick right up after water. In part shade needs much less water but does not grow as tall. Good as a focal point at the back of the border or to the side. It is slower to wake up in the spring so just be patient. Grows fast. At the bottom of the stalks it might drop some leaves at the end of the season so have something growing in front of it to hide that. I have a tall aster planted in front of it and also a japanese anemone in the part shade area.
Eupatorium thrives in evenly moist soil in full sun, but tolerates average garden soil and very light shade. Plants will perform best in soil amended with compost and aged manure with regular watering. Once established, though, plants are quite hardy and drought tolerant.