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(Eutrochium purpureum)
Sweet Joe-Pye-Weed

Nectar Plant: Monarchs, and other butterflies and insects

Flower Color: light purple to lavender

Growth Habit: herbaceous perennial that grows to 4-7 feet tall

Range in North America: Midwest United States and eastern United States

Exposure: Partial to Full Shade

Hardiness: Zones 3-8

Soil Requirements: moist, well-drained soil

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Sweet Joe-Pye Weed (Eutrochium purpureum)

Pink flowers of Joe-Pye-Weed (Eutrochium purpureum) in McMullen House Garden.
Flowers of Sweet Joe-Pye Weed — Author Image

Alternative Names

Purple Joe-Pye Weed, Sweet-scented Joe-Pye Weed, Purple-node Joe-Pye Weed, Sweetscented Joe-Pye-Weed

Description of Sweet Joe-Pye Weed (Eutrochium purpureum)

Sweet Joe-Pye Weed (Eutrochium purpureum), a member of Asteraceae (Aster Family), is a herbaceous perennial that has light purple flowers and grows from 3 to 7 feet feet tall and likes full sun to part shade in slightly moist soil. The flowers bloom from late summer to early fall.

More information about this plant can be found on this blog post.

Nectar Species

This plant is not a host plant but is an important nectar plant to butterflies, including the Monarch, bees, flies, and other insects.


This species grows in open areas, roadsides, and waste places.

Range of Sweet Joe-Pye Weed (Eutrochium purpureum) in the United States and Canada

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

Interesting Facts

The species name, purpureum, is the Latin word for “purple.”


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Sweet Joe-Pye-Weed”

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