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Eupatorium

Joe-Pye Weed

Many have discovered the curative aspects of Eupatorium, yet only two have lent it their names: Eupator, a King of Pontus, and an American Indian named Joe-Pye. We prescribe these undemanding perennials for whatever ails your gar­den. Some delegate this rather coarse and undeniably valiant member of the Asteraceae family to meadow gardens, but we’ve found that Eupatorium can provide balance and stability to formal situations as well. Best of all, butterflies love them!

This coveted, tall-standing cultivar is named for its enormous, nearly ball-shaped umbels and warm glowing tones. Characterized by a hushed, easy-to-meld hue, the arresting plum-purple panicles surmount lustrous, straight-backed red stems. Dark green whorls of dashing, large, pointy serrated leaves with burgundy midribs clothe ‘Glutball’s grand frame that can be staged in borders or meadows, and added to floral arrangements, while wielding a majestic presence well into fall.

Blooms August–October

Size: 6' 0" – 7' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Eupatorium maculatum</i> ‘Riesenschirm’

An AGM recipient, a magnet for bees and butterflies and one of the top 10 plants of the Dutch “wave,” this superb back-of-the-border beauty propels tall, polished, dark purple stems—stiff, straight and mighty—skyward bound. Loosely arranged whorls of heavily textured deep green tapered leaves anchor fluffy 8 in. wide domed flower heads awash with reddish purple hues. Its lofty architecture maintains a dignified profile, even in winter, enhanced by mulled brown shades and attractive seed heads, which nourish finches and tits.

Blooms August–October

Size: 5' 0" – 7' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Eupatorium purpureum</i>

This robust cousin is from the taller side of the family (up to 6 or 7 ft.), and shares the wine red stem coloring of its smaller kin. Eupatorium purpureum features a stately carriage with broad, domed heads hosting purple-mauve flowers. It’s tough, reliable and effective for the back of the border.

Blooms September–October.

Size: 6' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Eupatorium maculatum</i> ‘Gateway’ <i>Eupatorium maculatum</i> ‘Gateway’

In late spring, ‘Gateway’s vig­­orous shoots burst through the mulch. Wine-colored stems develop large green coriaceous leaves, lending mass to the middle or rear of a mixed planting. Dense, broad flow­er clusters present a lavender-pur­ple that’s both strong and soft. This uniqu­ely muted color feels like fall and blends well with other late bloomers such as Rudbeckia or Aster ‘Bluebird’.

Blooms August–September

Size: 4' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Eupatorium rugosum</i> ‘Chocolate’

Sumptuous and shiny, crinkled reddish chocolate foliage adorns the erect purple stems of this standout cultivar, selected by Richard Lighty from the eastern native White Snakeroot. With Physocarpus ‘Dart’s Gold’ as a neighbor, Eupatorium ‘Chocolate’ adds rich accents to our mixed border, while in late summer, terminal corymbs of tiny white flowers seem to sparkle against the dark leaves.

Blooms August–September

Size: 4' 0" high x 2-1/2' wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Eupatorium

Joe-Pye Weed

Many have discovered the curative aspects of Eupatorium, yet only two have lent it their names: Eupator, a King of Pontus, and an American Indian named Joe-Pye. We prescribe these undemanding perennials for whatever ails your gar­den. Some delegate this rather coarse and undeniably valiant member of the Asteraceae family to meadow gardens, but we’ve found that Eupatorium can provide balance and stability to formal situations as well. Best of all, butterflies love them!

This coveted, tall-standing cultivar is named for its enormous, nearly ball-shaped umbels and warm glowing tones. Characterized by a hushed, easy-to-meld hue, the arresting plum-purple panicles surmount lustrous, straight-backed red stems. Dark green whorls of dashing, large, pointy serrated leaves with burgundy midribs clothe ‘Glutball’s grand frame that can be staged in borders or meadows, and added to floral arrangements, while wielding a majestic presence well into fall.

Blooms August–October

Size: 6' 0" – 7' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Eupatorium maculatum</i> ‘Riesenschirm’

An AGM recipient, a magnet for bees and butterflies and one of the top 10 plants of the Dutch “wave,” this superb back-of-the-border beauty propels tall, polished, dark purple stems—stiff, straight and mighty—skyward bound. Loosely arranged whorls of heavily textured deep green tapered leaves anchor fluffy 8 in. wide domed flower heads awash with reddish purple hues. Its lofty architecture maintains a dignified profile, even in winter, enhanced by mulled brown shades and attractive seed heads, which nourish finches and tits.

Blooms August–October

Size: 5' 0" – 7' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Eupatorium purpureum</i>

This robust cousin is from the taller side of the family (up to 6 or 7 ft.), and shares the wine red stem coloring of its smaller kin. Eupatorium purpureum features a stately carriage with broad, domed heads hosting purple-mauve flowers. It’s tough, reliable and effective for the back of the border.

Blooms September–October.

Size: 6' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Eupatorium maculatum</i> ‘Gateway’ <i>Eupatorium maculatum</i> ‘Gateway’

In late spring, ‘Gateway’s vig­­orous shoots burst through the mulch. Wine-colored stems develop large green coriaceous leaves, lending mass to the middle or rear of a mixed planting. Dense, broad flow­er clusters present a lavender-pur­ple that’s both strong and soft. This uniqu­ely muted color feels like fall and blends well with other late bloomers such as Rudbeckia or Aster ‘Bluebird’.

Blooms August–September

Size: 4' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Eupatorium rugosum</i> ‘Chocolate’

Sumptuous and shiny, crinkled reddish chocolate foliage adorns the erect purple stems of this standout cultivar, selected by Richard Lighty from the eastern native White Snakeroot. With Physocarpus ‘Dart’s Gold’ as a neighbor, Eupatorium ‘Chocolate’ adds rich accents to our mixed border, while in late summer, terminal corymbs of tiny white flowers seem to sparkle against the dark leaves.

Blooms August–September

Size: 4' 0" high x 2-1/2' wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

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Our featured plant: Eupatorium purpureum

Statuesque Eupatoriums, Aster All-Stars, Late Summer Shipping!

Beloved by bees and butterflies...

Eupatorium, commonly called Joe-Pye Weed, is an easily grown, dignified North American denizen. Its large, hazy-looking broad domes of clustered rosy purple flowers crown sturdy, straight-up wine-tinted stems with textural deep green leaves that are presented in loosely spaced whorls. Lending handsome mass to meadow plantings and either the middle or back of the border, they can also be grouped or planted singularly along pond and stream edges, as well as woodland peripheries. Joe-Pye Weed appreciates sun or bright shade, good air circulation plus fertile adequately moist soil. Favored by bees and butterflies and perfect for cut arrangements, its fluffy blooms later broadcast mulled cocoa shades then morph into attractive seed heads, which nourish finches and tits. Eupatorium ‘Gateway’ struts a bushier more compact stature, while the straight species boasts a mighty sky-bound stance.

Aster’s cheerful daisy faces....

plus the profusion of colors and sizes that make up this genus promise lots of flower power when other perennials have tuckered out. Invaluable for summer and fall gardens, our no-fuss Aster offerings are tried-and-true performers in sunny locales with average soil and moderate moisture. Cherished by plant aficionados, flower arrangers, song birds and pollinators, many Aster cultivars work well in either formal or informal venues and can be tucked into stylized meadows, cottage gardens and borders Please feel free to peruse our additional on-line Aster selections. 

Sprinkled amidst the Asters, we’ve included Hydrangea ‘Limelight’s conical creamy white trusses, the mesmerizing fine-textured foliage of Sorbaria ‘Sem’ plus a handful of other perennials that add late summer appeal.   

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