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

Eupatorium purpureum ssp. maculatum 'Gateway'

Joe Pye weed

(syn. Eupatoriadelphus maculatus var. maculatus)

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!

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Eupatorium purpureum var. maculatum 'Gateway' LP32 - 32 per flat $32.64
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Height

4-6 Feet

Spread

3-5 Feet

Spacing

24 Inches

Bloom Color

Pink

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

Joe Pye weed Interesting Notes

'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. http://hometown.aol.com/ag2web/flowers

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
Butterflies
Butterflies
Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Summer
Summer
Cut Flower
Cut Flower
Moist
Moist
Average
Average

Additional Information

Growth Rate
Medium
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Attributes
Native to US
Mass Planting
Meadow
Propagation Type
Vegetative