Quick Facts about Sweet Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum):
Attracts Monarchs, Swallowtails and many other butterflies, bees, moths and birds
Hardy in USDA zones 3-8
Partial to full shade
Plant in moist, well-drained, rich garden soil
Lavender, sweetly fragrant flowers, heads up to 12″ across
Blooms from July-Sept.
Grows about 4-7 feet tall
Space 3-4 feet apart
Propagated from seed, seeds need 30 day cold stratification
Wonderful cut flower
If you love Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium maculatum) but have too much shade, then you should select the Sweet Joe Pye Weed. They are almost identical plants, but one way to tell them apart is the fact that there are whorls of 4 or 5 leaves on green stems with purple spots only at the nodes.
For more information about Joe Pye Weeds in general, please visit our webpage for Eupatorium maculatum (Joe Pye Weed).