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Eupatorium dubium

Joe Pye Weed

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Big clusters of mauve-pink flowers are almost always covered with butterflies. Keep your camera handy because it's common to see two or three different types of butterflies dining at one time. Whorled leaves on sturdy stems make this plant attractive even when it's not in bloom.

Benefits:

  • Attracts butterflies, especially swallowtails and monarchs

  • Fragrant flowers with long bloom period

  • Compact size is good for smaller spaces

  • Old stems provide winter cover for beneficial insects

  • Grows in dry to damp soils in sun to partial shade

  • Fluffy seed heads provide nesting materials for birds
  • Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

    Leaves may scorch if plants get too dry so the soil should stay evenly moist

    While the flower heads last a long time, this is one perennial that does not re-bloom if you remove spent blossoms so leave old flower heads on the plant and let them go to seed. The fluffy seed heads are pretty and provide nesting material for birds

    Leave the stems standing through winter to provide cover for beneficial insects.

    Height
    36-48 Inches

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    Spread
    36-48 Inches


    Native Range
    Wet meadows, marshes and shores, within 100 miles of the Atlantic coast; southern coastal Maine to southern New York and south along the coastal plain to the Carolinas.

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    Native Trivia
    At 3' to 4' tall, this dwarf Joe Pye Weed is shorter than many of its cousins so you can actually watch butterflies working the flowers.


    USDA Hardiness Zone 4-9

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    "This plant is a butterfly's favorite source for nectar in the late summer and fall!"

    Characteristics & Attributes

    Plan Sub Group
    Medium to Tall Perennials
    Exposure
    Filtered Shade
    Sun
    Soil Moisture Preference
    Moist
    Attracts Wildlife
    Butterflies
    Beneficial insects
    Bloom Time
    Fall
    Early Spring
    Summer
    Habitat Collection
    Butterfly
    Wet Sun