Eupatorium hyssopifolium, Hyssop-leaf Thoroughwort
Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic
Clouds of Hyssop-leaf Thoroughwort flowers are more likely to float over NoVA* roadsides and meadows than residential landscapes. However, these pollinator magnets can tolerate many challenging home environments: dry, (partially) shaded areas, sunny slopes, “hell strips” and gardens near the seashore.
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Tag:Requirements: Well-drained, sandy preferred Buddleia species – Butterfly Bush (reported host of the brown marmorated stink bug) Light Requirements: Sun, Partial Shade Water Requirements: Dry, Moist Cut to ground in late winter; dead-head when flowers fade to prevent re-seeding *It also is native in DC and concentrated in the extreme southeastern corner of PA. It is common in the Coastal Plain and Piedmont of DE and VA but rare in the mountains. **The blue-winged wasp, thread-waisted wasp (possibly grasscarrying wasp), honey bees, and red-banded hairstreak pictured above are among the many insects that frequent this plant. Use en masse in naturalistic settings, dry meadows, sunny slopes, “hell strips,” by the shore, Hardiness: USDA Zones 4–8, Tolerates salt; resists mildew Dried form provides winter interest and food (seeds) for birds, Ethnobotanic uses, Attracts a myriad of pollinators (wasps, bees, butterflies…) and other beneficial insects including predators and parasites of the brown marmorated stink bug (Penn State Extension), Sparsely-branched, single-stemmed herbaceous perennial with clumping habit, Finely textured whorled leaves, Small tubular flowers arranged in flat-top clusters from July to October, Flower-laden weaker stems may arch/flop over, Spreads by underground rhizomes, Height: 1–3 feet, Spread: 1–3 feet, Bloom Color: White