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(Eutrochium maculatum)
Spotted Joe-Pye-Weed

Host Plant: none

Nectar Plant: monarch and swallowtails, and many other butterflies

Flower Color: pink, purple, lavender

Growth Habit: herbaceous perennial to grows to 3 feet tall

Range in North America: northern tier of North America

Exposure: Full sun to part shade

Hardiness: Zones 3-9

Soil Requirements: medium to moist soil with average richness

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Spotted Joe-Pye Weed (Eutrochium maculatum)

Close-up purple flowers of spotted joe-pye-weed (Eutrochum maculatum).
Flowers of Spotted Joe-Pye Weed — Author Image

Alternative Names

Spotted Trumpetweed and Joe-Pye Weed

Description of Trumpetweed (Eutrochium maculatum)

Spotted Joe-Pye-Weed (Eutrochium maculatum), a member of the Asteraceae (Aster Family), is a herbaceous perennial that grows to 4-7 feet tall and has pink, purple to lavender flowers that bloom in the summer and fall.

Nectar Species

Spotted Joe-Pye Weed is a nectar plant for monarchs, swallowtails, and other butterflies.

Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) on orange flower.
Monarch Butterfly on Orange Butterfly — ALAN SCHMIERER from southeast AZ, USA, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons


This species grows in open areas such as roadsides, fields, pastures, and gardens.

Range of Spotted Joe-Pye Weed (Eutrochium maculatum) in the United States and Canada

Range map of spotted joe-pye-weed (Eutrochium maculatum) in the United States and Canada.

Interesting Facts

The species name, maculatum, refers to the spotted stems.

Native Location

Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland-Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone

Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9


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