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(Eutrochium fistulosum)

Nectar Plant: many insects including other butterflies, bees, wasps, and birds such as hummingbirds.

Flower Color: rose, pinkish-purple, or lavender

Growth Habit: herbaceous perennial that grows from 4 to 9 feet tall

Range in North America: Mid-western and eastern United States and the province of Ontario

Exposure: Prefers full sun to part shade

Hardiness: Zones 4-8

Soil Requirements: well-drained soil that is moist to mesic

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Trumpetweed (Eutrochium fistulosum)

Plant of trumpetweed (Eutrochium fistulosum) in a wooded edge.
Plants of Trumpetweed — Douglas W. Jones, CC0 1.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Alternative Names

There are no other names known for this plant.

Description of Trumpetweed (Eutrochium fistulosum)

Trumpetweed (Eutrochium fistulosum), a member of the Asteraceae (Aster Family), is a herbaceous perennial that grows from 4′ to 7′ tall and blooms in the summer to fall (July to September).  The fruits, which are achenes, mature in the late summer to fall.

Hosted Species

Eupatorium Borer Moth (Carmenta bassiformis)

Joe-Pye Weed Borer (Papaipema eupatorii)

Clymene Moth (Haploa clymene)

Ruby Tiger Moth (Phragmatobia fuliginosa)

Three-lined Flower Moth (Schinia trifascia)

Nectar Species

This plant is a favored nectar plant for many insects.


This species grows in moist open areas with full sun such as open woods, prairies, fens, and the sides of railroads and roads.

Range of Trumpetweed (Eutrochium fistulosum) in the United States and Canada

Range map of trumpetweed (Eutrochium fistulosum) in the United States and Canada.

Interesting Facts

The genus name, Eutrochium, is derived from the Greek word meaning wheel-like (Missouri Botanical Garden).  The species name, fistulosum, is Latin for hollow in reference to the stem.


Native Location

Ontario, Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone

Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8


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