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09/10/2013 at 17:50


Can anyone identify this plant about 3 foot tall by 3 foot across growing in full sun on well drained  ground



09/10/2013 at 17:56

I think that it is some sort of Eupatorium. Flowers are loved by insects, can be a bit invasive and in my bog garden it grows to about 6 feet tall and i love it.

09/10/2013 at 20:31

I agree with Punkdc 

10/10/2013 at 10:20

Thanks, might give it a miss if it's invasive but a beatiful plant .



10/10/2013 at 12:56

Take a walk along the  Wirral Way behind Parkate and you will see how invasive it can be where suited.

10/10/2013 at 15:14

I don't find it runs much in my soil, I only have a bog garden in the dormant season. But it does seed everywhere if it gets a chance.


10/10/2013 at 15:28

I love it and want some! Does it come in white?

10/10/2013 at 15:50

It looks a bit like himalayan balsam to me, or very similar but may not be as its usually taller with hollow stems. If it is get rid, its a pernicious imported weed from the victorian era which is fast becoming and enviromental disaster on any wet ground and on our waterways.

10/10/2013 at 16:09

there was an article on this plant on last weeks gardeners world with carol klein - someone grows many different varieties of it -joe pie weed. (not the guy that gows it!! - sorry I'm a bit tired) It grows randomly in my garden too - in amongst my varigated wigelia in particular. I think it likes the support!!

11/10/2013 at 13:32

Definately not Himalayan Balsom plenty of that  round here flower configuration is very different this has platelets of flower similar to achillea.



11/10/2013 at 14:05

UW, this one is called Eupatorium cannabinum, Hemp-agrimony. It's a common native plant throughout Europe.

Stacey, they should come in white too (E. can. 'Album'). They are quite hard to find but otherwise you could also try E. perfoliatum.

11/10/2013 at 14:11

E. rugosum - in 2 wheel's link - is quite well behaved and very white. Doesn't look much like the one in the pic though. 


11/10/2013 at 15:18

Very true Nutcutlet and that one also has a variety with lovely dark red/ brown foliage: E. rug. 'Chocolate'. Looks gorgeous combined with Echinaceas and ornamental grasses!

15/10/2013 at 12:35

Thanks Flowerchild I've been trying to pin down which one it was.


15/10/2013 at 13:20

15/10/2013 at 17:35

It is Eupatorium cannabinum as has been said, I think it's worth noting that it's the best native plant for butterflies and other pollinating insects. I've only had it in my garden for three years but I've not yet had any problem with it spreading vegetatively, nor by seed. In fact I've divided all of mine this year to spread it. Though it isn't in a bog garden or by a pond. I suppose it will eventually seed itself but not yet despite me shaking it around the garden like some kind of shaman. It's been grown for centuries in gardens and is a favourite for herbaceous borders. 

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