View Larger Joe Pye Weed

Planted at Mount Vernon

Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

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

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 4 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b

    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

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