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FutureStarrSpotted Joe Pye Weed
Eutrochium maculatum (Joe Pye Weed, Queen of the Meadow, Spotted Joe-pye-weed, Spotted Trumpet Weed) is an attractive native perennial wildflower. This plant produces solitary flowers with purple-eyed petals and golden anthers. It is an early-summer native that is a magnet for butterflies and beneficial insects. The plant is a tall, ground cover weed that can spread vigorously.Combines beautifully in striking color combinations with other perennial plants such as Asters, Helianthus or ornamental grasses. Very useful and adaptable in the garden, this is an excellent choice as an accent plant, or for borders, cottage gardens, meadows, wild gardens, rain gardens. Good as cut flowers too!
3-6 feet tall unbranched native perennial plant bearing branched flower stalks at the top. Main stem is purple or purple-spotted, stout and round, often covered with fine white hairs. Whorls of 4 or 5 yellowish green leaves occur along the central stem Leaves up to 8 long and 2ï¿½ across, ovate to narrowly ovate with serrated margins and conspicuous veins. Pink or purple flowers occur in flat-headed clusters several inches across containing 8-20 disk florets and no ray florets. Fruit an achene with hair-like bristles dispersed by the wind.Joe Pye Weed is a very tall plant, up to 6' in the best sun/soil conditions, but strong stems support the flowering plant so it rarely needs to be staked. These attractive stems are almost the same color as the dusty rose-colored flowers, which will bloom for many weeks in July and August, becoming absolute magnets for dozens of species of butterflies. Also called Spotted Joe Pye Weed, it is best planted in full to almost-full sun and rich, moist soils. It will spread so should be planted with caution in small landscape situations.
A Prairie Moon • August 6 From seedlings, no, they would nearly identical. But, as a young plant, before flowering, you should notice the whitish stem on the Hollow Joe Pye (E. fistulosum) vs. the more purplish on E. maculatum. Hollow Joe Pye is taller by about 1 foot when mature, so there could be a noticeable height difference in juvenile plants as well. And then of course there is the stem, if you can spare a few plants, crack it open and see if it is indeed hollow. We dig plants when they are dormant from our outdoor beds and ship them April-May and October. Some species go dormant in the summer and we can ship them July/August. We are among the few still employing this production method, which is labor intensive but plant-friendly. They arrive to you dormant, with little to no top-growth (bare-root), packed in peat moss. They should be planted as soon as possible. Unlike greenhouse-grown plants, bare-root plants can be planted during cold weather or anytime the soil is not frozen. A root photo is included with each species to illustrate the optimal depth and orientation. Planting instructions/care are also included with each order. (Source: www.prairiemoon.com)