Joe pye weed plant. Eupatorium maculatum or joe pye weed is a tall prairie plant that attracts butterflies with its large clusters of bright pink flowers in late summer. Shorter variety 4 to 5 feet with deep maroon stems. A compact joe pye weed with showy mauve purple dome shaped flower heads that bloom from late summer to early fall. Joe pye weed is an amazing wild edible plant that is an herb a wildflower a butterfly plant and looks great in cultivated flower beds.
Like those of spotted joe pye weed the leaves are sharply toothed but generally come in whorls of three or four. Joe pye weed also called spotted joe pye weed also thrives in rich garden soil. Joe pye weed also known as eutrochium purpureum or the queen of the meadow is a common butterfly favorite. They emit a vanilla odor when bruised.
Perfect for planting in damp areas along streambanks and on pond edges. With their deep green foliage and airy purple blooms these plants are sure to get some attention in your garden. The origin of the common name of this plant is uncertain however the most prevalent theory holds that it refers to a native american named joe pye jopi who used this perennial plant to cure typhus in the 1800s. Varieties of joe pye weed eupatorium purpureum gateway.
The stem is green except at the leaf nodes where it is purple. Provides spectacular late summer color and vertical interest to borders and naturalized areas. Joe pye weed flowers were named after a new england man that used the plant medicinally for helping people with typhus fever. In addition to its medicinal properties both the flowers and seeds have been used in producing pink or red dye for textiles.
Its leaves have a sweet vanilla scent and its flowers are typically a pale pink or purple hue. Eupatorium purpureum baby joe plant patent 20320. A close relative with dark leaves maroon stems. As long as you have the space this wildflower native adds impressive texture to a garden and can even act as a spectacular backdrop for smaller plants.
Eupatorium purpureum little joe. Sweet joe pye weed e. Eutrochium is a north american genus of herbaceous flowering plants in the sunflower family. They are native to the united states and canada and have non dissected foliage and pigmented flowers.
A dwarf version 3 to 4 feet that looks very similar to the species. Purpureum also called gravel root or queen of the meadow may grow as tall as 12 feet.