Joe-Pye Weed

Eupatorium dubium

Quick Facts

  • Species

    Native

  • Habitat

    Found in wetlands and wet areas, including marshes, swamps, bogs, swales, ditches and roadsides. Grows in full or partial sun.

  • Range

    Grows throughout the entire Chesapeake Bay watershed.

  • Status

    Stable

Joe-Pye weed is a native perennial plant with feathery, pinkish-purple flowers that bloom in mid- to late summer.

Appearance

Joe-Pye weed has clusters of tiny, feathery, pinkish-purple flowers, which bloom in July to September. Its stems are thick, mottled pink and purple. Large, toothed leaves are arranged in whorls on the stem. Joe-Pye weed grows to 5 feet or taller.

Reproduction and Life Cycle

After blooming, flowers mature into a seed head. Wind, animals and other natural disturbances spread the seeds. New seedlings grow in spring.

Did You Know?

  • Joe-Pye weed attracts bees, birds and butterflies.
  • It is named after Joe Pye, a 19th century naturalist from New England who is said to have used the plant’s roots to heal typhus fever.

Sources and Additional Information

Quick Facts

  • Species

    Native

  • Habitat

    Found in wetlands and wet areas, including marshes, swamps, bogs, swales, ditches and roadsides. Grows in full or partial sun.

  • Range

    Grows throughout the entire Chesapeake Bay watershed.

  • Status

    Stable