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This tall plant is crowned with purple-pink flowers in the late summer. It is an American native and tolerates a wide variety of environmental conditions. Its height and bloom time can be controlled by by pruning it back by half when it reaches about two to three feet.

Latin Name

Eutrochium maculatum



Also Known As

Spotted Joe Pye Weed Purple Boneset

Type of Plant

Perennials Perennials

Bloom Season

July - August


Summer Summer


Max height Max Height: 6'
Max spread Max Spread: 2'


  • Naturalize
  • Rain Garden

  • Tolerances

  • Clay Soil
  • Wet Soil
  • Drought
  • Deer

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Butterflies Butterflies


    Native Range

    Eastern United States


    Joe Pye weed was introduced to Europe by 1640, and was listed in the plant collector, John Bartram's, catalog by 1793.

    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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