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Native Plant of the Week: Hollow Joe Pye Weed

Family: Asteraceae


Name: Eutrochium (Eupatorium) fistulosum


Bloom Time: July - September


Flower: Mauve


Soil Condition: Moist - Wet


Light: Sun to partial shade


Height: 5-10' tall by 2-3' wide


Spacing: 3-6'


Native Range: Eastern North America including Long Island


Zone: 4 - 9

Hollow Joe Pye Weed is a fast-growing, dramatic perennial that will attract many butterflies, moths, and bees with its abundant nectar. It is a fantastic rain garden plant as it tolerates a decent amount of drought too. The flower makes a great addition to a vase arrangement and even looks good dried.

Maintenance: None necessary. Dried stalks will add winter interest to the garden. Stem nesting bees will use the hollow stems in the spring.


Benefits: Nectar source, host plant to the Clymene Moth, juglone (black walnut) tolerant, clay soil tolerant, songbirds eat the seeds.


Companion Plants: Asclepias incarnata (Swamp Milkweed), Lobelia cardinalis (Cardinal Flower), Cephalanthus occidentalis (Buttonbush), Monarda fisutulosa (Wild Bergamot)

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