Scientific Name:

Eutrochium fistulosum

Common Name:

Joe pye weed

Scientific Name Pronounciation:

yoo-TRO-key-um fist-yoo-LOW-sum

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Usual Size:

3-10 ft. H X 3-5 ft. W


Panicle-like flower cluster is a large, fuzzy dome made up of pale-pink to purplish, honey-scented disk flowers; each individual flower head contains 4-7 flowers

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Lance shaped; on short stalks; arranged in whorls of 4-7; smooth to slightly hairy below; tapering to tip and base.


A seed


A favorite of butterflies but also used by bees and wasps.

Natural Habitat:

Moist woods; roadsides; wet ditches; meadows.


Collect mature seeds when clouds of purplish buff pappus float on the flower heads in fall; divide clumps in spring or fall.

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Cultural Notes:

Joe pye weed (Eutrochium fistulosum) grows in full sun to partial shade; moist to wet, average soil; needs plenty of space and water; add organic material to clay or sand.

Transplanting tips: Mature Joe-Pye Weed forms a massive underground structure, so be prepared to dig as large a clump as possible; most stalks remain standing through winter and can be recognized by the marks on the stem where the whorls of leaves were attached.

Other Common Names: Queen of the meadow, Hollow Joe-Pye Weed

Other Scientific Names: Eupatorium fistulosumEupatoriadelphus fistulosus


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