Joe Pye weed is thought to be named after a Native American from North Carolina who used the plant to cure many ailments, including typhoid fever.

This large late season perennial adds great structure to the garden, and is wonderful for borders or as a background plant. Since Joe Pye weed is tolerant of moist soils and drought, once established, they are perfect for a rain garden or bioswale. Some species have more pronounced purple colored stems or leaves and can be an excellent addition to the color palate. Lasting nearly until frost, this tall, handsome plant with large umbels of flowers also acts as a host for butterflies. The flowers attract a host of beneficial insects and are great in bouquets. Blooming from mid-summer to fall, Eupatorium pair beautifully with Rudebeckia, Helianthus, Miscanthus and Macleaya.

Some of our favorite varieties:

Eupatorium capillifolium 'Elegant Feather'
Photo Credit: Megan Hansen

Eupatorium capillifolium 'Elegant Feather'

A tender Eupatorium with graceful feathery foliage.

Grows 48-84" high and 36" wide in full to part sun.

Zone 8.

Eupatorium dubium 'Little Joe

Eupatorium dubium 'Little Joe'

A compact variety growing 36-48" tall and wide.

Purple stems compliment the large clusters of mauve-pink flowers July to September.

Hardy in zones 4-9.

Eupatorium purpureum

Eupatorium purpureum subsp. maculatum 'Atropurpureum'

A lofty plant reaching 4-7' tall and 3' wide.

Large reddish purple blooms July to September.

Zones 3-8.

Eupatorium purpureum 'Gateway'

Eupatorium purpureum subsp. maculatum 'Gateway'

Huge rose-mauve blooms July to September.

Grows 6' tall and 3' wide.

Zones 3-8.

Eupatorium rugosum 'Chocolate'

Eupatorium rugosum 'Chocolate'

A favorite with rich chocolate purple foliage topped by small white flowers July to October

This white blooming variety of Eupatorium has chocolate purple foliage and shiny purple stems.

It grows to 3-4' tall and 2.5' wide. Hardy to USDA zone 4-9.

Find the Best Perennials for your Garden

We have a wonderful selection of perennials year round, but if you are looking for a specific perennial we will have the best selection when it is in bloom around town. Note: Native plant pages will take you into the Native Plant section.


Lewisia: Bitterroot