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Similar but less problematic plants:
Eutrochium fistulosum Plant
Eutrochium dubium is often confused with:
Vernonia noveboracensis Form
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Solidago chilensis Solidago odora in the fall in Moore County
Cornus amomum Cornus amomum
Rudbeckia laciniata Rudbeckia laciniata

Coastal Plain Joe Pye Weed Eutrochium dubium

Previously known as:

  • Eupatoriadelphus dubius
Phonetic Spelling
yoo-TRO-kee-um DOO-bee-um
Description

Eutrochium dubium, or Coastal Plain Joe Pye Weed, recently moved from the genus Eupatorium, is a herbaceous flowering perennial in the Asteraceae (daisy) family and is native to the eastern coastal plains and wetlands of North America. While it grows rather tall, dwarf varieties exist for use in smaller spaces.

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 or dry soil. Also, the leaves may scorch if 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 the ground in winter and it will rebound in spring. Note also that the plant spreads by self-seeding.

Diseases, Insects, and Other Plant Problems:  No known serious insect or disease problems. Good resistance to powdery mildew.

 

 

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See this plant in the following landscape:
Border Garden- Pathway
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#water garden#rain garden#wildlife plant#nectar plant#cottage garden#wetlands#meadow#wet sites#deer resistant#ponds#herbaceous perennial#native garden#borders#pollinator plant#wildflower garden#food source fall#food source herbage#food source nectar#food source pollen#Coastal FACW#Piedmont Mountains FACW#bird friendly#food source hard mast fruit#butterfly friendly#audubon
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#water garden#rain garden#wildlife plant#nectar plant#cottage garden#wetlands#meadow#wet sites#deer resistant#ponds#herbaceous perennial#native garden#borders#pollinator plant#wildflower garden#food source fall#food source herbage#food source nectar#food source pollen#Coastal FACW#Piedmont Mountains FACW#bird friendly#food source hard mast fruit#butterfly friendly#audubon
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Eutrochium
    Species:
    dubium
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eastern coastal plains and wetlands from Maine to South Carolina
    Wildlife Value:
    Flowers attract many butterflies and bees such as swallowtails, fritillaries, skippers, bumblebees, and carpenter bees. The seeds provide food for songbirds.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    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 pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Wet
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Displays from August to November.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    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. Blooms from July to October.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Prickly
    Rough
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Whorled
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Stems clad with ovate, coarsely-toothed, strongly three-veined leaves (to 6 inches long) arranged in whorls of 3-4. 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 Location:
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Rain Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Wet Soil