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Eupatorium purpureum 'subsp. maculatum Atropurpureum'

Purple Joe Pye weed

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Flowers, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


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Plant details

A most handsome hardy plant which, in its native North America, can reach 12 ft. in height. The numerous flower-heads are grouped into a huge, frosty-pink, head. It is a rather coarse, but imposing plant and the flowers are a welcome late summer treat for bees and butterflies.

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Eupatorium

Species: purpureum

Cultivar: subsp. maculatum Atropurpureum

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Rose

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Dry, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 250cm

Spread: 100cm

Time to divide plants: October to March

Reader reviews


i have some seeds of this plant but am unsure of the best time to plant them outdoors


Fantastic for butterflies , it says the plant is coarse but I have found that if it at the back of a border you do not see it's coarse feet all you see are the pinky purple flower heads covered in butterflies and bees !


I have grown this plant for a few years now and find it a very easy plant to grow.It is a magnet for butterflies and also attracts bees and other pollinating insects. As it is a very tall plant it should be grown at the back of the boarder. This plant will freely spread ,once it has settled into it's allocated place and so the young shoots can be lifted and transplanted to other parts of the garden.If you have the space this is one plant you must grow.


From my experience (and some success) I planted seeds in pots with moist soil, topping up up the garden soil where I would plant-out, placed pots in sun - three out of a dozen seeds took nicely -p otted on as nervous of soil condition.
Gave two away (as presents - folk with very acidic soil - plants thriving).

My own I moved to back of border close by other shrubs.Treating it as a shrub. Keeping on in a pot - largish to move about for colour.

Extremely pleased as the garden is small and the 'weed' is not as bulky as a shrub.

Good luck.

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