Eutrochium dubium, Eastern or Coastal Joe Pye Weed
Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic
This more diminutive Joe Pye Weed is native to the eastern coastal plain and can be found in swamps, shores, and wet meadows. Its beautiful pink-headed stems wave in the summer breeze and provide landing platforms attractive to butterflies and other insect pollinators.
Flowers like Eutrochium dubium that attract numerous pollinators also may attract predators like the European hornet. When this large insect feeds on pests like grasshoppers, caterpillars, and yellow jackets, it is considered beneficial. But when it damages trees or crops or builds its nest in areas frequented by people, it may be considered a hazard. Watch this video–not intended for the squeamish–to discover what insects fall victim to this predator in the Library Garden.
Video © 2017 Mary Free
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Tags: Perennial, Height: 2–5 feet, Spread: 2–4 feet, Bloom color: Pale pink to dark purple, Herbaceous perennial with upright, unbranched purple stems, Yellowish-green, ovate leaves in whorls of 3–4 ,Tiny pink to purple flowers in dome-shaped clusters, 4- to 7-inches across on solid purple to purple-speckled stems bloom from July to October, Spreads by self-seeding, Tolerates clay soil and wet soil, No serious pests or diseases; deer rarely damage Popular cultivar ‘Little Joe’ is a stronger performer as far as flower production compared to the species; both the species and this cultivar have excellent resistance to powdery mildew Attracts a variety of bees and butterflies; larval host to various moths, Soil Requirements: Humus-rich, Light Requirements: Full Sun, Partial Shade, Water Requirements: Moist, Wet, Cut plants to ground in late winter, Use in borders, meadows, naturalized areas and in cottage, native plant, or rain gardens, Hardiness: USDA Zones 3–9, Excellent Replacement for Buddleia species – Butterfly Bush, Cleome hasslerana – Spider Flower (annual), Lythrum salicaria- Purple Loosestrife, Lythrum virgatum – European wand Loosestrife