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Joe Pye Weed Eutrochium fistulosum

Previously known as:

  • Eupatorium fistulosum
Description

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

Cultivars:
Tags:
#butterflies#birds#songbirds#perennial#herbs#wildlife plant#wildflowers#nectar plant#cut flowers#seeds#host#dried flowers#low flammability#fire resistant
Cultivars:
Tags:
#butterflies#birds#songbirds#perennial#herbs#wildlife plant#wildflowers#nectar plant#cut flowers#seeds#host#dried flowers#low flammability#fire resistant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Eutrochium
    Species:
    fistulosum
    Fire Risk Rating:
    low flammability
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    fire in the landscape.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herb
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Wildflower
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Songbirds