Joe Pye Weed


Joe Pye Weed

Eutrochium maculatum
Perennial to Zone 4. Formerly Eupatorium maculatum. Also known as Queen of the Meadow or Gravel Root. Stately, tall and beautiful, with dense florets of dusty pinkish-purple flowers held on strong stems that rarely need staking. At 5–9' tall, makes an impressive background plant or summer hedge and a good cutflower. Blooms for many weeks through July and August, attracting flocks of butterflies. Medicinally, a tea made from the whole herb is diuretic, used in the treatment of kidney complaints. The leaves and stems can be harvested and dried before the flower buds open. A tea made from the roots is used in the treatment of fevers, colds, kidney and liver complaints, and rheumatism. It is said to have a tonic effect during pregnancy and may also induce sweating. Externally, a decoction of the roots is used as a wash on rheumatic joints.

Does best in moist well-drained areas, full sun or part shade. Surface sow in spring or fall; needs stratification unless sown in fall; takes 3 weeks to germinate; direct seed or transplant. About 2,800 seeds/g. Especially attractive to pollinators.

5150 Joe Pye Weed
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A: 0.02g for $2.95   
B: 0.1g for $4.75   
C: 0.4g for $7.25   

Additional Information


All flowers are open-pollinated except where noted.

Days in parentheses after a variety indicate days to first bloom.

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