Eupatorium purpureum Sweet Joe-pye Weed
(you-puh-TOR-ee-um  purr-PURR-ee-um)
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Eupatorium purpureum  photo by cj Habitat Bloom Period Color Height  Moisture Plant Spacing Lifespan
eup.pu2.jpg (19364 bytes)  Sun or light Shade  August and September Pale Pink to Pale Purple 4 to 7
Average to Moist 12 to 48 inches Perennial

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Eupatorium purpureum seed
Sweet Joe-pye Weed seed

number of seeds

approximate coverage
in square feet

1 packet -  $2.50 + shipping

 150 30 sq ft

1 ounce - --------

 7500 375 sq ft

1 pound ----------- 

 120,000 6,000 sq ft

Eupatorium purpureum, Sweetscented Joe pye Weed, is a tall, stately native wild flower plant growing 4 to 7  feet tall (pinch back for compact plant) with fragrant, pale pink to pale purple flowers in large  domed clusters and attractive seed heads adding interest in winter.  The plants can be pinched back in early summer making a shorter, bushier plant.  Sweet Joe-pye has large leaves in whorls around the stem and blooms between July and October attracting swallowtail butterflies.  Plant Sweet Joepye Weed wildflower in moist, well drained, rich garden soil in full sun or light shade with wild bergamot, goldenrod, purple coneflower, asters and prairie grasses or use as a large accent plant.   Give seeds 4 weeks cool, moist stratification or plant outside in the fall or winter.  

Native Eupatorium purpureum wildflowers (Sweet Joe-pye Weed) occur naturally in low moist ground, moist wooded slopes, savannas and along streams from New Hampshire to Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska, south to Florida, and Georgia and west to Oklahoma.  Asteraceae (Aster Family)

The map below shows areas where native Eupatorium purpureum Sweet Joe pye Weed plants grow wild but it can be planted and will grow over a much wider area than shown.  USDA plant hardiness zones 3 to 9.  

Eupatorium purpureum sweet joe pye weed


New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina

Rhode Island
South Carolina
West Virginia

State Distributional Map for EUPUP

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Eupatorium purpureum sweet Joe-Pie Weed plant distribution map complements of USDA, NRCS. 2001. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.1
  ( National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.





















Sweet Joepye weed has showy fragrant flowers that attract butterflies and can be used as a water garden plant.  It is easily grown in average, medium moisture soils in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, fertile, humusy soils which do not dry out. Cut plants to the ground in late winter. Best propagated by stem cuttings. This species generally grows better in open woodland areas than E. purpureum subsp. maculatum (see B826) which generally likes moister soils.

The native wildflower Eupatorium purpureum is also called Gravel Root, Trumpet-weed, Gravelweed, Joe-pye Weed, Jopi Weed, Queen-of-the-Meadow Root, Purple Boneset, Hempweed

Eupatorium purpureum Joe Pye weed is a tall native perennial that occurs in low moist ground, wooded slopes, wet meadows and thickets and stream margins throughout the State. It is a substantial plant which needs space, but when planted in groups or massed can provide spectacular flowering and architectural height. Border rears, cottage gardens, meadows, native plant gardens, wild/naturalized areas or water margins.  Sweet Joe-pye weed is an erect, clump-forming perennial which typically grows 4-7 tall and features coarsely-serrated, lance-shaped, dark green leaves (to 12 long) in whorls of 3-4 on sturdy green stems with purplish leaf nodes. Tiny, vanilla-scented, dull pinkish-purple flowers in large, terminal, domed, compound inflorescences bloom in mid-summer to early fall. Each flower cluster typically has 5-7 florets. Flowers are very attractive to butterflies. Flowers give way to attractive seed heads which persist well into winter. 

Eupatorium purpureum sweet joe-pye plants have large, domed heads made up of numerous small flowers rich in pollen and nectar that provide a feast for butterflies, bees and moths. They display an endearing variability in color that is typical of wild plants, ranging from pink, through pinkish-purple to creamy-white. In good growing conditions Eupatorium purpureum will exceed 2m (6.5ft) in height and 2 feet across with strong stems do not need staking.  Eupatorium purpureum is a large wildflower and needs a little space, when used in a border is best located near the back