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Eupatorium maculatum (spotted joe pye weed) Eupatorium maculatum (spotted joe pye weed)
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Eupatorium maculatum

spotted joe pye weed or spotted trumpetweed

Wetland Indicator status: FACW
Tolerant of clay soils

Spotted joe-pye weed grows 4-7 feet tall with mauve-pink flowers blooming in late summer to early fall. A native perennial, Eupatorium maculatum attracts swallowtail butterflies and lives happily in sunny, wet soils. 

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Height

4-7 ft

Spread

3-4 ft

Bloom Color

Pink

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

spotted joe pye weed Interesting Notes

Synonyms include Eutrochium maculatumEupatoriadelphus maculatus and Eupatorium purpureum var maculatum

Eupatorium maculatum Growing and Maintenance Tips

E. maculatum is a native prairie plant that thrives best in average to moist locations. This species can easily be propagated by division, seed or stem cuttings. If growing from seed, it may need to undergo a cold, moist treatment for 4-6 weeks.  Transplanting in the spring can also be done. Fertilization will be of some benefit as well as staking for support. Pruning, or cutbacks, in early summer may reduce the final plant height by a few feet to make a more manageable size. In borders, the plant may need dividing every few years to maintain vigor.


Usually blooms from August-September. Flowers attract butterflies and the foliage provides food for some species of moth caterpillars. 

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Hummingbirds
Hummingbirds
Butterflies
Butterflies
Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Moist
Moist
Average
Average
Cut Flower
Cut Flower
Wetlands
Wetlands

Additional Information

Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Fall
Soil Moisture Needs
Wet
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Propagation Type
Open pollinated
Attributes
Erosion Control
Native to North America
Moist Sun
Meadow