Wildflower Wednesday: Joe Pye Weed

I am not going to win any awards for novelty with this post, but I do love Joe Pye weed.

Joe Pye weed, Eupatorium fistulosum

Joe Pye weed (Eupatorium fistulosum) is a plant well worth growing, if you don’t already. An excellent back-of-the-border plant that blooms for months from midsummer to mid-autumn, it asks little of the gardener and provides the nectar of choice for bees and butterflies. My clump is about 6 feet tall and thoroughly sturdy, although it would be smaller if I bothered to cut it back in late spring.  Every day I pass it on my way to the mailbox, and every day it is absolutely crawling with bees. And so far, the deer have left it alone.

Gail at Clay and Limestone hosts Wildflower Wednesdays. 


4 thoughts on “Wildflower Wednesday: Joe Pye Weed

  1. I don’t think Joe Pye Weed would like my dry garden soil, but there’s so much lining the ditches and waterfronts that I think I can enjoy it well enough from afar. Love the photo!

  2. Yes indeed! I must get some Joe Pye Weed!
    There is a place about an hour’s drive away that has a native plant sale in the Spring. I’ll be looking for it there. I bought Swamp Milkweed there this year. It is growing well, but has not bloomed.
    Great capture of the bee on the bloom!
    Lea’s Menagerie

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