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Vick, Albert F. W.
Eutrochium purpureum (L.) E.E. Lamont
Purple joepyeweed, Sweet-scented joepyeweed, Sweet joepyeweed
Synonyms: Eupatorium purpureum, Eupatorium purpureum var. purpureum, Eupatoriadelphus purpureus
USDA Symbol: EUPU21
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Sweet-scented joe-pye weed grows from 2-6 ft. Narrow, lance-shaped leaves are whorled along the erect stem. The large, domed flower head is composed of several branches bearing tiny, pale pinkish-lavender florets.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep
AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV Canada: AB
, ON Native Distribution:
S. NH to PA & mts. to GA, w. to w. MN, s.e. NE & OK Native Habitat:
Moist prairies; wood edges; wooded slopes USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist soils
Conditions Comments: Not Available
BenefitUse Wildlife: An important source of honey, attracting pollinators by the score.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
Sow seeds in the fall and plant thickly as germination is usually low. Propagation is also possible by softwood cuttings taken in late spring or by division. Divide the plants in fall as they go dormant, or in the spring just as shoots first appear. Seed Collection:
The nutlets mature to shiny black 4-5 weeks after the flower has faded. Only a small percentage viable; these will be plump and swollen. To collect, either take the entire
top of the plant or shake it into a paper bag. Seeds can be allowed to dry out before sowing and do not have to be perfectly cleaned. Store in a sealed refrigerated container. Seed Treatment:
This species requires or benefits from a three month period of cold-moist stratification. Commercially Avail:
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Delaware Nature Society
- Hockessin, DE
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Record Modified: 2011-01-03
Research By: TWC Staff