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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 its power to attract butterflies with its huge, bright mauve-pink flower clusters atop deep wine red stems. 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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5-6 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. - Missouri Botanical Garden

There are two versions of how the joe-pye weed got its name. The most common one traces it to a 18th Century Native American medicine man named Joe Pye, who traveled the length of New England treating fevers — typhoid fever in particular — with an infusion made from the plant’s leaves. The other story asserts that joe-pye is a corruption of the Native American word for typhoid, jopi. - Curtiss Clark, The Field Notebook

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

Thrives 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. May be used as a backround plant in border gardens, in meadows and in areas in which it may naturalize.

Good Substitutions

Joe Pye weed Eupatorium dubium 'Little Joe'
Joe Pye weed Eupatorium 'Phantom'
joe pye weed Eupatorium purpureum 'FLOREUPRE1'

Key Characteristics & Attributes

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

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Green Infrastructure
Bioretention/Rain Garden
Native to North America
Propagation Type