Joe pye weed
Scientific Name Pronounciation:
Plant Hardiness Zones:
Plant Hardiness Zone(s):
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
Bloom Time Notes:
Lance shaped; on short stalks; arranged in whorls of 4-7; smooth to slightly hairy below; tapering to tip and base.
A favorite of butterflies but also used by bees and wasps.
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.
Sun or Shade:
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 fistulosum, Eupatoriadelphus fistulosus