Eutrochium dubium, Eastern or Coastal Joe Pye Weed

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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.

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Eutrochium dubium, Eastern or Coastal Joe Pye Weed  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

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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