Many have discovered the curative aspects of Eupatorium, yet only two have lent it their names: Eupator, a King of Pontus, and a Native American 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!
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.
Size: 5' 0" – 7' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 4.
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