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What is it? Joe Pye Weed, also known as Eutrochium (Eupatorium) maculatum, is an herbaceous perennial plant in the family Asteraceae.

Native to where?  It is native to eastern and central North America.

Hardiness Zone: Plants are hardy from USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 8.

What does it look like? It can grow to 6 ft 7 in feet tall and about 3.9 feet wide. Stems are upright, thick, round, purple spots. It has large pink flowers.

Bloom Time: Plants bloom mid to late summer.

Growth Habit: It is an excellent, well-behaved garden plant with a shallow fibrous root that won't interfere with other garden perennials.

Growing Conditions: Joe Pye Weed thrives in marshes, wetlands, and swamps. It also does well in man-made moist expanses such as ditches, seepage areas and wet fields. Above all else the plant flourishes in the non-shaded environments that are also abundant in wetlands.

Environmental Benefits: Many species of butterflies, moths, bees, and flies visit the flowers.


Image Source:

By D. Gordon E. Robertson - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Joe Pye Weed

  • Plant Pickup Day is Saturday, May 18 at Nanny Park, corner of 5th Street and Oak Street in Baraboo, from 9 am to 12 pm. 

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