A tall native perennial for the moist areas of the garden.
full to shaded, the more sun the more moisture that is needed
prefers moist, tolerates average, needs additional water during dry spells
Soil & Site
prefers moist, tolerates average
The dark pink (sometimes listed as red) flowers are complex. 5-7 small flowers make up a flower head, while 5 or more flower heads make up a compound inflorescence. Flowers are very fluffy and cloud like in appearance. Starts blooming end of July to early August
lance-shaped leaves, coarsely serrated, up to 10" and occur in whorls of 3-5
stout stems, mottled toward the base with purple speckles, becomes pure red towards the top.
5-7 feet tall
The spotted Joe-pye weeds are native to North America.
Eupatorium from the Greek name Mithridates Eupator, King of Pontus about 115BC who is said to have discovered an antidote to a commonly used poison in one of the species. The name Joe pye came from a Indian medicine Man.
This a very common wild flower in zone #5, southeastern Wisconsin (USA). I alway see it growing in moist to wet areas.
Notes & Reference
#100-Wildflowers of Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest (Merel Black and Emmet Judziewicz), #218-Flora of Wisconsin (wisflora.herbarium.wisc.edu)