Eutrochium purpureum. Joe Pye Weed loves moist soil in full sun to partial shade. It's a tall perennial plant that can reach 2.4m (7.9') tall, with a spread of 1.2m (3.9'). The huge clusters of pink flowers that form from late July to early September are so rich with nectar that the stems can sometimes droop under the weight of them. As a result, this is one of the best choices to attract butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. Cut the tall stems back to the ground level in late winter, and it will fill back in year after year. This lovely perennial is hardy to Zone 4 and is deer resistant. Plant Joe Pye Weed seeds to improve the lot of pollinators in your region.
These massive plants are highly attractive to butterflies and other beneficial insects..
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
Hardiness: Hardy to Zone 4.
Start seeds indoors 8-10 weeks before the last frost date. Seeds may take 4 weeks to germinate at 21°C (70°F). If they don’t come up, wrap the planted tray in plastic and refrigerate for 4 weeks. Then return to 21°C (70°F). Transplant out 2-4 weeks after last frost.
Eutrochium seeds need light to germinate. Press them into pre-dampened soil, but barely cover them.
Grow in full sun to light shade. Eutrochium prefers moist soil, so it’s an excellent choice for low areas or water margins. Be sure to add lots of organic matter to the planting area. Cut the tall plants back to ground level in late winter.