Species Name:  Eutrochium maculatum, Eupatorium maculatum

Common Name: Spotted Joe Pye Weed

Zone: 3 to 6

Light: Full Sun to Light Shade

Soil Moisture: Wet to Moist to Medium

Soil Types: Sand, Loam, Clay

Fertility: Average to Rich

pH: 5.0 to 7.0

Bloom Time: August to September

Habit: Spotted Joe Pye is a large perennial reaching 6 to 8 ft tall.  Tall unbranched stems support large flat topped light purple flower heads in late summer. The showy flower heads produce an abundance of nectar that attracts large numbers of butterflies when in bloom. It is adapted to any wet to moist soils typically found in swamps, flood plains, ditches and wet meadows.  Readily grows in any average garden soil and can be planted as a large garden specimen or as a back drop for lower growing plants.

 Native to most states and Canadian provinces it is an important native plant for wetlands.  It spreads by rhizomes as well as from seed.  Often found in large stands. A desirable plant for naturalizing and habitat enhancement.