How to Grow Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatorium)

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The Joe-Pye weed, or eupatorium, is a variable perennial that grows anywhere from three to 10 feet tall. Grow Joe-Pye weeds in moist, richly-composted soil with instructions from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardening and plant care. View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen. And in this segment we're going to learn all about the Joe Pye weed or Eupatorium. It's a gorgeous Native American plant. So the Eupatorium fistulosum or the Joe Pye weed is native to the south eastern states of the United States. So this variable perennial grows three to ten feet tall; can get huge and about as wide. And it likes constantly moist humus rich composted soil and it'll tolerate periods of wetness. And it produces heads of rosy mauve flowers from midsummer to early fall. And it can be invasive in rich moist soil but it is easily controlled by division every second year. So Joe Pye weed or Eupatorium is hardy from zone 7 to 10. So they don't do really well in cold climates but you can always dig them up and replant them in the spring again. And just protect them in the winter like you would a dahlia or any other tender plant. And they're a great easy plant to grow by seed in the spring or by division in the fall. And they'll come back year after year. They're a great flower addition to your garden.