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Joe Pye Weed
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Joe Pye Weed

Eutrochium maculatum
Butterflies swarmed our new bed of this showy dusty rose native, the jostling Fritillaries, Monarchs, and Viceroys each claiming a flower and plundering the rich nectar within. An easy-to-grow flower that loves difficult spots that are wet, but grows happily in garden beds in humus-rich soil.
SKU #S1892
$3.50
Details
Approximate Seeds Per Packet
285
Lifecycle
Perennial
Perennial Hardiness Zone
4,
5,
6,
7,
8
Mature Size
3.5-5' h x 2' w
Sun
Full sun to partial shade
Soil
Regular to rich, moist, well-drained
Season
Summer to fall
Color
Mauve pink flower clusters
Features
Great Cut Flower
Deer Resistant
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Bees
Attracts Beneficial Insects
SOWING INSTRUCTIONS
Depth:
Surface sow.
Sprout Time:
30-45 days
Starting Indoors:
Stratify for 30 days for best germination results. Sow in a container, cover with a plastic bag and refrigerate, or mix seed with damp clean sand or vermiculite, bag, and refrigerate at 35-40F. Check often for germination and maintain a lightly moist medium. Transplant any seedlings as they germinate. After the chill period, sow into soilless media and keep at 65-70F.
Starting Outdoors:
Direct sow in fall or wintersow into pots in the shade, covered with a thin layer of clean sand and a wire screen to keep out mice and voles. Check for moisture at regular intervals.
WHEN TO SET OUTSIDE
After last spring frost.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
Also called spotted Joe Pye weed, this summer bloomer is a welcome addition to low-maintenance rain gardens, cottage, and meadow gardens where the soil is humusy and moisture retentive. It thrives in clay and attracts many species of butterflies to the full flower clusters; playing host to several moth species. Cut to the ground in late winter.
Final Spacing:
2.5'
Water Requirements:
High Water Use
Watering Details:
Needs ample moisture—do not allow soil to dry out. Well suited to clay soils that hold water.
Soil pH:
Prefers a more acidic soil.
Fertilizer:
Mix in 1-2" of compost before planting, especially in poorer soils, and reapply annually in early spring.
Diseases & Pests:
No major problems.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
1/2 to 3/4 open