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Similar but less problematic plants:
Eutrochium fistulosum Joe Pye Weed
Eutrochium dubium is often confused with:
Vernonia noveboracensis New York Ironweed
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Magnolia virginiana Magnolia virginiana
Solidago caesia Solidago caesia
Oenothera biennis Oenothera biennis

Eutrochium dubium

Previously known as:

  • Eupatoriadelphus dubius
Description

Eutrochium dubium is a herbaceous perennial in the Asteraceae (daisy) family and is native to the eastern coastal plains and wetlands of North America. The plant grows easily in a variety of soils from moist, fertile, and humusy to sandy or gravelly and in full sun to part shade. It will not tolerate full shade. Also, the leaves may scorch is the soil is allowed to dry out. Light pink to dark purple flowers appear in summer and last through early fall. The flowers attract butterflies and the seeds provide food for songbirds. You can cut the plant back to ground in winter and it will rebound in spring. Note also that the plant spreads by self-seeding.

 

 

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Eutrochium
    Species:
    dubium
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eastern coastal plains and wetlands of North America
    Wildlife Value:
    Flowers attract butterflies; seeds provide food for songbirds.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Wildflower
    Habit/Form:
    Horizontal
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Wet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Dome
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Small disk flowers (rays absent) pale pink to dark purple bloom in large, dome-shaped clusters in the summer. Attract butterflies.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Prickly
    Rough
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    6" oval, toothed, three-veined leaves whorled with 6' long ovate, coarsely-toothed, three-veined leaves. Leaves may scorch is the soil is allowed to dry out.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    purple-spotted stems.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Rain Garden
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Wet Soil