EUTROCHIUM maculatum (Spotted Joe Pyeweed) is a tall perennial flowering plant native to North America. It belongs to the Asteraceae family and is known for its impressive height, clusters of pink or purplish-pink flowers, and attractive foliage.
Spotted Joe Pye Weed is a large and robust plant that can reach heights of 4 to 7 feet (1.2 to 2.1 meters), or even taller under ideal conditions. It has sturdy, upright stems that are often covered in purple spots or blotches, hence the name "Spotted" Joe Pye Weed. The lance-shaped leaves are arranged in whorls along the stem and can be up to 10 inches (25 centimeters) long. In mid to late summer, the plant produces large, domed clusters of small flowers with a pink or purplish-pink color. The flowers are attractive to butterflies and other pollinators.
Spotted Joe Pye Weed is typically found in moist to wet areas, such as meadows, stream banks, marshes, and wet woodlands. It prefers full sun to partial shade and thrives in rich, consistently moist soils. It can tolerate clay soils and periodic flooding. In a garden setting, it can be planted in rain gardens, along water features, or in areas with consistently moist soil.
Garden use: Due to its impressive height and attractive flowers, Spotted Joe Pye Weed is often used as a focal point or background plant in perennial borders or naturalistic gardens. It adds vertical interest and a splash of color to the landscape. The flowers provide nectar for pollinators, making it a valuable plant for supporting biodiversity in the garden. Additionally, the plant's attractive foliage can add texture and interest even when not in bloom.
Spotted Joe Pye Weed is generally low-maintenance once established. It benefits from regular watering to maintain moist soil conditions, especially during dry spells. The plant may require staking or support to prevent flopping, particularly in windy locations. In late winter or early spring, the dead foliage can be cut back to the ground to allow for fresh growth.
Please note that Spotted Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium maculatum) is a vigorous grower and can spread by both rhizomes and self-seeding. It is important to consider its potential for spreading in the garden and provide adequate space or use containment methods if desired.
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Scientific Name: Eutrochium Maculatum
Common Name: Spotted Joe Pyeweed
Plant Type: Perennials
Native Range: North America
Full Growth Height: 4-6 ft
Spread: 4-5 ft
Zone: 3 to 9
Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Blooming Season: Summer (Mid, Late), Fall,Winter
Attracts: Butterflies, Bees
Flower: Showy, Cut Flower, Fragrant
Flower Color: Rose Purple
Resistant: Clay Soil, Deer, Wet Soil, Rabbit
Water Requirement: Average, High
Soil Type: Well-drained, Loam, Sand, Chalk, Clay, Moist
Soil pH: Alkaline, Neutral, Acid
Garden Uses: Rain Gardens, Borders, Wild Gardens