Joe-Pye weed (Eupatorium purpureum)
Having weed in its name does not do the Joe-Pye plant justice. Perhaps the best terms to use to define this plant would be wildflower, ornamental, herb and butterfly plant. Joe- Pye Weed grows best in a full to part sun location with fertile and moist soil. It needs adequate space and when grown in mass, adds spectacular color to the surrounding landscape.
The many varieties of Joe-Pye have substantial height differences. The tallest reaches a height of ten feet and the dwarf variety (Gateway) grows to about four feet. To keep the plant contained neatly in a garden, it is recommended to stake the Joe-Pye Weed early and pinch them back to keep them a little shorter and bushier.
The Joe-Pye Weed flowers, which bloom from mid-summer until a hard frost, also differ in color, offering large showy shades of purple, pink or white cluster-like flower heads. The purple shades of flowers are the most attractive varieties for butterflies. This flowering plant along with its vanilla-like fragrant foliage, makes the Joe-Pye Weed lovely for gardens, landscapes, and cut flowers.