Eutrochium (formerly Eupatorium) dubium

Growing Information

Plant Type: Perennial
Sunlight: Full sun to part shade
Soils: Moist, well-drained soils
Bloom Time: Summer – July, August, September; mauve-purple flower
Size: 2-5 feet in height

Moist areas in borders, cottage gardens, meadows, native plant gardens, wild/naturalized areas, rain gardens or water margins. The domes of lavender-pink flowers attract lots of butterflies in late summer and early fall. Its smaller size makes it a better fit in moist borders, beds, meadows, or roadside plantings. Spent flowers turn to clusters of attractive seed heads that persist well into winter.

The plant gets its name from Joe Pye, reportedly an Indian herbalist and healer in the New England area.

Garden Companions

Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana); Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum); Dense Blazing Star (Liatris spicata); Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

Nature Benefits

• Fantastic nectar source for diverse number of pollinators; leave seed heads for birds

Native Habitat

Occurs naturally along swamps, wetlands and wet meadows

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