- Joe Pye Weed
Eutrochium fistulosum, commonly called hollow Joe Pye weed, is a tall native perennial which uncommonly occurs in low moist ground, wet meadows, wet thickets, and stream margins. It is an erect, clump-forming perennial which typically grows 4-7' tall.
Synonym Eupatorium fistulosum.
Hollow Joe Pye weed is similar in appearance to both spotted Joe Pye weed (E. maculatum) and sweet Joe Pye weed (E. purpureum, but is primarily distinguished by its larger leaf whorls and hollow stems which usually lack spotting.
Many people perceive Joe Pye weed to be nothing more than a roadside weed and have never seriously considered its outstanding ornamental attributes. It is a substantial plant which needs space, but when planted in groups or massed can provide spectacular flowering and architectural height. Border rears, cottage gardens, meadows, native plant gardens, wild/naturalized areas or water margins.
Regions: Mountain, Piedmont, Coastal Plains
Seasons of Interest:
Leaf: Fall Blooms: Late summer/fall Nut/Fruit/Seed: Fall
Wildlife Value: This plant is moderately resistant to damage from deer. Flowers are attractive to butterflies, especially smaller species, and other pollinators. Songbirds eat the seeds.
Insects, Diseases, or Other Plant Problems: Leaves may scorch if soils are allowed to dry out.
Compare this Plant to: Eutrochium dubium
- Eupatorium fistulosum
- Fire Risk Rating:
- low flammability
- Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
- fire in the landscape.
Whole Plant Traits:
- Plant Type:
- Native Plant
- Flower Color:
- Flower Value To Gardener:
- Good Cut
- Leaf Color:
- Hairs Present:
- Stem Is Aromatic: