Spotted Joe Pye Weed is a striking plant that grows tall with sturdy stems that rarely need to be anchored. The purple-speckled stems are nearly the same colour as the dusty rose-colored blooms, which bloom from midsummer to early October. Because it self-propagates well, it should be planted with caution in small landscape contexts. This is a tough, good-looking plant that blooms in late summer and early fall in the northern half of North America, reaching a height of five to six feet.
Quick Growing Guide
Botanical Name: Eupatoruim maculatum
Botanical Family: Asteraceae
En français: Eupatoire maculée
Water: Do not let soil dry
The nectar of the flowers attracts bumblebees, long-horned bees, leaf-cutting bees, bee flies, butterflies, skippers, and moths.
How to Plant and Grow
Pick and cut straight down into the soil between the stems using a sharp shovel. Leave the remaining root ball in place as you dig up one stem of Joe Pye Weed and its attached roots. Root sections should be replanted wherever you wish at the same depth as before, and the soil should be well irrigated.
You can direct sow Joe Pye Weed by scattering seeds across the bed and lightly raking them in. Ensure that the soil to be used remains moist until the ground freezes. Sow the seeds about 1/8 inch deep in potting mix containers about five weeks before spring temperatures are consistently above 50°F.
Joe Pye Weed grows best in full to partial shade, but too much shade might cause it to flop over and increase legginess. Under shaded conditions, the plant might also become subject to illness. During the summer, though, it needs protection from the intense afternoon heat.
The beauty of Joe Pye Weed does not discourage some people from eliminating it from their environment.
- Because it readily spreads through its blossoms, removing the flowers can minimize self propagation.
- It can be removed by digging and removing it, but it is one of the most time-consuming methods.
- Cutting them down with loppers and applying herbicide (glyphosate) to the cut stem will kill the roots if digging is too difficult. To remove all of it, you may have to keep at it for a while.
Copper fungicide, when used according to instructions, is safe for all kinds of plants, including joe Pye weed. It is important to use no more than what’s recommended to avoid harming them.
Switchgrass, eastern bee balm, godenrods, ironweeds, grasses, coneflowers, and feather reed grass are all good companion plants for Joe Pye Weed.