Eutrochium purpureum

Common name: Sweet Joe Pye Weed

Native plant

A large, upright perennial great for partly shaded, wetter areas.  The large panicles of flowers are a favorite of many pollinators, including bumblebees and several types of moths.  Although more flexible in growing conditions than Eutrochium maculatum, leaves will scorch if soil is dry for long periods, and leaves will turn yellow in full sun.  This is one of the few choices for tall, blooming plants that will grow in wooded areas. 


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Plant type


Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Growth rate


Flower color



Mature height
3 Feet
Mature width
3 Feet
Max height
7 Feet
Max width
5 Feet

Additional information

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