Eupatorium Maculatum. Joe-Pye Weed was used in Colonial America for various ailments and is said to be named after “Joe Pye”, an Indian who used it to cure fevers. It is a lovely wildflower that is as at home in a meadow as in a flower bed. This summer-flowering perennial native to North America works beautifully with ornamental grasses. It has clusters of fuzzy pink or purple flowers and purple stems and can grow up to 6’ tall so place it in the back of the garden or around other seeds. Bees and butterflies are attracted to the weed and help it grow by pollinating it.
Sow seeds indoors 8-10 weeks prior to the last spring frost. Sow on seed starting mix, moisten it, then place bag or pot. Refrigerate for 4 weeks then place outside. Give it full sun exposure or light shade in moist soil that does not dry out. Joe Pye is long-lasting; expect it to stay until hard frost.
Heirloom seeds are collected from the gardens and grounds of George Washington's Mount Vernon and cleaned and packaged by hand.