Spotted Joe Pye Weed

Spotted Joe Pye Weed

Eupatorium maculatum

Featured Plant Category: Keystone Species, Pollinator Plants, Rain Gardens

Height: 4 to 7'

Container Size: Quart

Bloom Time: July to September

Bloom Color: Purple-Pink

Soil Moisture: Medium to Wet

Soil Type: Moist, fertile, humusy.

Light Requirements: Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone: 4,5,6,7,8

Other Names: Eutrochium maculatum, Joe-Pye Weed

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Keystone Value: The genus Eupatorium (Joe Pye) supports over 40 species of butterfly and moth caterpillars, providing food for a variety of birds and mammals.

Spotted Joe Pye weed is a tall, showy plant that is found in damp meadows, thickets, and coastal areas. It typically grows from 4 to 7 feet tall with coarsely-serrated, dark green foliage, and it prefers full sun but will tolerate light afternoon shade. Its common name comes from the purple spots on its stems. The showy, mauve pink, fragrant flowers attract butterflies and pollinators of all sorts. It is the host plant for many interesting butterflies and moths, including the delightful Ruby Tiger Moth and the Clymene moth (pictured above). Spotted Joe Pye can be used in a rain garden or to naturalize, and should be placed at the rear of a garden because of its height.


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4 to 7'

Container Size


Bloom Time

July to September

Bloom Color


Soil Moisture

Medium to Wet

Soil Type

Moist, fertile, humusy.

Light Requirements

Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone


Other Names

Eutrochium maculatum, Joe-Pye Weed

Shipping Information

At Direct Native Plants, we take many precautions to make sure your plants will arrive in the best condition possible.

Our perennials are grown in a 4” quart-sized pot. These plants are then cut back to fit our packaging, placed in a protective clamshell container (made from recycled materials), and then shipped to you in a cardboard box. PLEASE NOTE: Perennials can be shipped in bundles up to 6. After that we start a new package, so keep this in mind if you’re trying to get the best shipping rates.

Trees and shrubs are grown in a 7” tall container (referred to as a 1-gallon pot), and depending on the species will be between 12” and 36”. We bag the root section of these plants to prevent them from drying out in transit and ship them in a tall cardboard box. PLEASE NOTE: Trees and shrubs can be shipped in bundles up to 4. After that we start a new package, so keep this in mind if you’re trying to get the best shipping rates.

Direct Native Plants now ships via FedEx. Orders ship out Monday through Wednesday of each week, and depending on how close you are to our nursery in Maryland, shipping will take anywhere from 1-4 business days.