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Eupatorium purpureum ssp. maculatum 'Gateway' (Joe Pye weed)

Eupatorium purpureum ssp. maculatum 'Gateway'

Joe Pye weed

(syn. Eutrochium maculatum 'Gateway')

Like others in this genus, 'Gateway' is no exception in it's power to attract butterflies with its huge bright mauve pink flowers clusters atop deep wine red stems. More compact and shorter than others in this species. July to September bloom makes 'Gateway' a bold and dramatic display when planted with Rudbeckia 'Autumn Sun' or tall ornamental grasses. Outrageous!

Eupatorium purpureum var. maculatum 'Gateway' LP32 - 32 per flat $32.64
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4-6 Feet


3-5 Feet


24 Inches

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

Joe Pye weed Interesting Notes

Bold and beautiful, Gateway spotted Joe-Pye weed is a statuesque perennial with enormous dusty-pink flowers that attracts multitudes of butterflies. It is more compact in habit than the species, reaching a height of 5-6’. This Eutrochium will thrive in sunny locations with moist, fertile soils. If you can resist cutting the flowers for the vase, the seedheads will extend the season of interest. It may be used as a background plant in the border, in meadows and is particularly lovely near the waters edge. Flowering from mid to late summer, 'Gateway' combines well with tall native grasses as well as perennials such as Rudbeckia fulgidaHeliopsis helianthoidesSolidago odora, and Vernonia noveboracensis. - Mt. Cuba Center

'Gateway' is a popular cultivar that is more compact than the species, typically growing shorter (to 4-5' tall) and bushier with tighter and thicker inflorescences. It is an erect, clump-forming perennial that features coarsely-serrated, lance-shaped, dark green leaves (to 8" long), typically in whorls of 3-4 on sturdy, wine-red stems. Tiny, dusky rose-pink flowers in huge, terminal, domed, compound inflorescenses (12-18" diameter) bloom in mid-summer to early fall. Flowers are very attractive to butterflies. Flowers give way to attractive seed heads, which persist well into winter. Kemper Center


The plant is named for Joe Pye (or Jopi), who, according to folklore, was a traveling Native American medicine man. He lived in New England around the time of the American Revolution and may have been from a tribe in Maine. He sold various herbal remedies to the colonists and apparently treated typhoid fever with the plant that bears his name to this day.

Eupatorium purpureum ssp. maculatum 'Gateway' Growing and Maintenance Tips

E. maculatum will thrive best in moist, fertile soils. If soil should dry out, the leaves may appear scorched. This prairie plant is easily propagated by seed, cuttings, division and may also be transplanted in spring. Cut back in early spring and fertilize to promote bushier growth. E. maculatum may be used as a backround plant in border gardens, in meadows and in areas in which it may naturalize.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Cut Flower
Cut Flower

Additional Information

Growth Rate
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Propagation Type
Native to North America
Mass Planting