eupatorium

Joe Pye weed is thought to be named after a Native American from North Carolina who used the plant to cure many ailments, including typhoid fever.

This large late season perennial adds great structure to the garden, and is wonderful for borders or as a background plant. Since Joe Pye weed is tolerant of moist soils and drought, once established, they are perfect for a rain garden or bioswale. Some species have more pronounced purple colored stems or leaves and can be an excellent addition to the color palate. Lasting nearly until frost, this tall, handsome plant with large umbels of flowers also acts as a host for butterflies. The flowers attract a host of beneficial insects and are great in bouquets. Blooming from mid-summer to fall, Eupatorium pair beautifully with Rudebeckia, Helianthus, Miscanthus and Macleaya.

Some of our favorite varieties:

Eupatorium capillifolium 'Elegant Feather'
Photo Credit: Megan Hansen

Eupatorium capillifolium 'Elegant Feather'

A tender Eupatorium with graceful feathery foliage.

Grows 48-84" high and 36" wide in full to part sun.

Zone 8.

Eupatorium dubium 'Little Joe

Eupatorium dubium 'Little Joe'

A compact variety growing 36-48" tall and wide.

Purple stems compliment the large clusters of mauve-pink flowers July to September.

Hardy in zones 4-9.

Eupatorium purpureum

Eupatorium purpureum subsp. maculatum 'Atropurpureum'

A lofty plant reaching 4-7' tall and 3' wide.

Large reddish purple blooms July to September.

Zones 3-8.

Eupatorium purpureum 'Gateway'

Eupatorium purpureum subsp. maculatum 'Gateway'

Huge rose-mauve blooms July to September.

Grows 6' tall and 3' wide.

Zones 3-8.

Eupatorium rugosum 'Chocolate'

Eupatorium rugosum 'Chocolate'

A favorite with rich chocolate purple foliage topped by small white flowers July to October

This white blooming variety of Eupatorium has chocolate purple foliage and shiny purple stems.

It grows to 3-4' tall and 2.5' wide. Hardy to USDA zone 4-9.

Find the Best Perennials for your Garden

We have a wonderful selection of perennials year round, but if you are looking for a specific perennial we will have the best selection when it is in bloom around town. Note: Native plant pages will take you into the Native Plant section.

Perennials

Actaea: Bugbane

Natives

Native Actaea: Bugbane

Perennials

Agastache: Hyssop

Perennials

Anemone: Windflower

Perennials

Aquilegia: Columbine

Natives

Native Aquilegia: Columbine

Perennials

Artemisia

Natives

Asarum: Wild Ginger

Natives

Asclepias: Milkweed

Perennials

Aster

Perennials

Astilbe: False Spirea

Perennials

Bellium: Miniature Daisy

Perennials

Bergenia: Pigsqueak

Perennials

Brunnera: Bugloss

Perennials

Canna Lily

Natives

Camassia: Camas

Perennials

Chrysanthemum

Perennials

Coreopsis: Tickweed

Perennials

Corydalis

Perennials

Cyclamen

Bulbs

Dahlia

Bulbs

Delosperma: Ice Plant

Perennials

Delphinium: Larkspur

Perennials

Dianthus: Carnation

Perennials

Dicentra: Bleeding Heart

Natives

Dodecatheon: Shooting Star

Perennials

Echinacea: Coneflower

Perennials

Epimedium

Natives

Erigeron: Fleabane

Natives

Eriophyllum: Oregon Sunshine

Perennials

Erodium: Alpine Geranium

Perennials

Eupatorium: Joe-Pye Weed

Perennials

Euphorbia: Spurge

Natives

Fragaria: Wild Strawberry

Bulbs

Fritillaria

Perennials

Hardy Fuchsia

Perennials

Hardy Geranium

Perennials

Geum: Avens

Perennials

Helenium: Sneezeweed

Perennials

Hellebore

Perennials

Hellebore: Gold Collection

Perennials

Hellebore: Winter Jewel

Perennials

Heuchera: Coral Bells

Perennials

Hosta: Plantain Lily

Perennials

Iberis: Candytuft

Bulbs

Iris

Natives

Native Iris

Perennials

Kniphofia: Red Hot Poker

Perennials

Leptinella

Perennials

Leucanthemum: Shasta Daisy

Natives

Lewisia: Bitterroot

Perennials

Ligularia

Perennials

Monarda: Bee Balm

Perennials

Moss

Bulbs

Narcissus: Daffodil

Perennials

Paeonia: Peony

Perennials

Papaver: Poppy

Perennials

Parahebe

Natives

Penstemon: Beard Tongue

Perennials

Perovskia: Russian Sage

Perennials

Primula: Primrose

Perennials

Rudbeckia: Black-eyed Susan

Perennials

Salvia

Perennials

Santolina: Lavender Cotton

Perennials

Sedum

Perennials

Evergreen Sedum

Natives

Native Sedum: Stonecrop

Perennials

Sempervivum: Hen & Chicks

Natives

Sidalcea: Checker Mallow

Natives

Sisyrinchium

Blue-eyed Grass
Natives

Solidago: Goldenrod

Natives

Synthyris: Native Figwort

Perennials

Top Shade Perennials

Perennials

Top Sun Perennials

Perennials

Tricyrtis: Toad Lily

Natives

Trillium: Wake Robin

Bulbs

Tulip

Natives

Vancouveria: Inside-out Flower

Perennials

Vinca: Periwinkle

Perennials

Viola: Violet

Natives

Native Viola: Violet

Perennials

Zantedeschia: Calla Lily