Eupatorium purpureum (Sweet Joe-Pye weed)


Type: Forb

Area: Prairie

Height:  4′ to 6′

Bloom Months: Aug, Sept

Color: Lavender, Pink

Sun: Shade, Partial Sun

Moisture: Medium

Soil: Clay, Loam, Sand

Hosts: The caterpillars of various moths feed on leaves and other parts of Joe-Pye Weed species, including Carmenta bassiformis (Eupatorium Borer Moth), Emmelina monodactyla (Common Plume Moth), Perigea xanthioides (Red Groundling), Schinia trifasciata (Three-Lined Flower Moth), Phragmatobia fuliginosa (Ruby Tiger Moth), and Eupithecia miserulata (Common Pug).

Attracts/Benefits: Butterflies, Pollinators

Note: Deer resistant

Photo credit: Prairie Moon Nursery, Sharon Yiesla

28 in stock

SKU: 921 Category:


Description from Possibility Place: A large, upright perennial great for partly shaded, wetter areas.  The large panicles of flowers are a favorite of many pollinators, including bumblebees and several types of moths.  Although more flexible in growing conditions than Eupatorium maculatum, leaves will scorch if soil is dry for long periods, and leaves will turn yellow in full sun.  This is one of the few choices for tall, blooming plants that will grow in wooded areas.

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