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Similar but less problematic plants:
Eutrochium dubium Eutrochium dubium
Eutrochium fistulosum is often confused with:
Eutrochium maculatum Eupatorium maculatum
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Symphyotrichum laeve Symphyotrichum laeve 'Bluebird'
Viola pedata Viola pedata
Andropogon glomeratus Andropogon glomeratus var Pumilus

Joe-Pye-Weed Eutrochium fistulosum

Other Common Name(s):

Other plants called Joe-Pye-Weed:

Previously known as:

  • Eupatorium fistulosum
Description

Eutrochium fistulosum, or Hollow Joe Pye weed, is a native perennial typically found in low moist ground, wet meadows, wet thickets, and stream margins. It is an erect and clump-forming plant that usually grows to 4 to 7 feet tall. It is easily grown in average, medium to wet fertile soils in full sun to part shade. If grown in shady locations, the plants may need support when they reach full height. You should cut the plants back to the ground in winter after all blooms are gone; the plant will rebound in the spring.

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 distinguished from them by its larger leaf whorls and hollow stems which usually lack spots. Joe Pye weed can be more than a weed when its attractive pink flowers and dramatic 8 foot height are applied to yard borders, native plant gardens, and wild or naturalized areas.

This plant is moderately resistant to damage from deer and the flowers are attractive to pollinators, including small butterflies. Songbirds eat the seeds. Leaves may scorch if soils are allowed to dry out.

Fire Risk: This plant has a low flammability rating.

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#butterflies#birds#songbirds#perennial#herbs#wildlife plant#wildflowers#nectar plant#cut flowers#host plant#seeds#host#dried flowers#food source#low flammability#NC native#fire resistant#native wildflower#fall food source#larval host plant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#butterflies#birds#songbirds#perennial#herbs#wildlife plant#wildflowers#nectar plant#cut flowers#host plant#seeds#host#dried flowers#food source#low flammability#NC native#fire resistant#native wildflower#fall food source#larval host plant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Eutrochium
    Species:
    fistulosum
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eastern North America
    Fire Risk Rating:
    low flammability
    Wildlife Value:
    Flowers are attractive to butterflies, especially smaller species, and other pollinators. Songbirds eat the seeds.
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    fire in the landscape.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 4 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herb
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Wildflower
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Erect
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Description:
    Flowers give way to attractive seed heads which persist well into winter.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Good Cut
    Good Dried
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Dome
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Tiny, vanilla-scented, dull pinkish-purple flowers in large, terminal, domed, compound inflorescenses (12-18" diameter) that bloom in mid-summer to early fall.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Rough
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Whorled
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Coarse, serrated, lance-shaped, dark green leaves (to 12" long) in whorls of 4-7 (frequently 6).
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Form:
    Straight
    Stem Description:
    Sturdy, green, hollow stems.
  • Landscape:
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Fire