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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'
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae Symphyotrichum novae-angliae 'Purple Dome'
Rudbeckia laciniata Rudbeckia laciniata

Trumpetweed Eutrochium fistulosum

Previously known as:

  • Eupatorium fistulosum
Description

Hollow Joe-Pye Weed is a native perennial typically found in the low moist ground of meadows, woods, and fields. It is an erect and clump-forming plant that usually grows to 4 to 7 feet tall.  Hollow Joe-Pye Weed prefers damp, moist to wet, rich soils, but it will also grow in gravelly or sandy soils if there is sufficient moisture. It prefers full sun to partial shade and neutral to slightly acid soils This plant is moderately resistant to damage from deer and the flowers are attractive to pollinators, including bees and butterflies. Songbirds eat the seeds. 

Give this plant plenty of room to grow and use for naturalizing in moist meadows or in native/pollinator gardens.

2017 Wildflower of the Year. A wonderful plant for attracting butterflies.

Quick ID Hints:

  • Large leaf whorls
  • Hollow stems without spots
Cultivars / Varieties:
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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#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#larval host plant#food source fall#food source herbage#food source nectar#food source pollen#Coastal FACW#Piedmont Mountains FACW#bird friendly#butterfly friendly#food source hard-mast fruit
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Eutrochium
    Species:
    fistulosum
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Native Americans made teas from various parts of the plant to treat ailments.
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eastern North America
    Distribution:
    AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MO , MS , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VA , VT , WV
    Fire Risk Rating:
    low flammability
    Wildlife Value:
    Flowers are attractive to various 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)
    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:
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Occasionally Wet
    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 Type:
    Achene
    Fruit Description:
    Small dry seeds with hair-like bristles are dispersed by the wind. Displays from August to November
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Good Cut
    Good Dried
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Dome
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    The flowers are fragrant, purple or pink and occur in rounded clusters of 5 to 7 florets per head that are up to 12-18 inches across. The individual disc flowers are about 1/3 inch across. Flowers appear from July to October
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Rough
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Whorled
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Crenate
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Lance-shaped dark green leaves are up to 10 inches long and 3 inches across with prominent venation, serrated margins and grows in whorls of 4-7.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Cross Section:
    Round
    Stem Form:
    Straight
    Stem Surface:
    Covered with a powdery bloom (glaucous)
    Stem Description:
    The hollow central stem is dark purple to pale purplish-white, stout, round, smooth and glaucous
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Rain Garden
    Design Feature:
    Small groups
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Fire