Sweet Joe Pye Weed Seeds

Region 1,2,3,4,5,6 – Med-Wet Soils – Part Shade Eupatorium purpureum (Sweet Joe Pye Weed) Wildflower Seed Order Joe Pye Weed seeds from Everwilde Farms and watch them bloom! Don’t be fooled by the name "weeds": you won’t want to kick Joe Pye out of your garden.

Sweet Joe-Pye Weed

Sweet Joe-Pye Weed is a stately 5′ to 7′ tall native perennial most often found in low moist ground, wet meadows, and along streams. This plant features long leaves in whorls of 3 or 4 and large showy domed shaped heads of small mauve pink flowers. Sweet Joe-Pye Weed attracts hoards of butterflies, but the larger attribute is the architectural value of the showy height of the plant in a variety of garden settings. Flowers are long lasting and the plant is easy to establish.

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Sweet Joe Pye Weed Seeds

Sowing: Direct sow in late fall, pressing the seeds into the surface of the soil since they need light to germinate. For spring planting, mix the seeds with moist sand and store in the refrigerator for 60 days before direct sowing. To start indoors, scatter the seed on the surface of the soil in a flat; compress the soil slightly and keep it lightly moist until germination, which is naturally slow but should take place within 2-3 months. Keep the soil consistently moist, and transplant seedlings as soon as they reach a height of several inches.

Growing: Keep seedlings watered, since they need even moisture in their first year of development; they may not bloom until their second year of growth. Mature plants can tolerate drought, though they reach their full potential in moist, well-drained soil. This plant may spread by rhizomes and self-seeding, and can be divided after several years of growth. Cut the plant down to the ground after the first frost. This plant attracts butterflies and bees.

Harvesting: For fresh flowers, cut long stems of flowers that have just opened and place them in water immediately; strip the leaves that will fall below the water.

Seed Saving: Late in the season, these fuzzy flowers will begin to turn dull brown. Snip off entire heads and spread them out in a protected location to prevent the light seed from blowing away. When the heads have completely dried, shake them to remove the seed. The fluff attached to the seeds does not affect germination. Store the seeds in a cool, dry place.

FAST FACTS

Common Names: Sweetscented Joe Pye Weed, Queen of the Meadow, Trumpet-Weed, Gravel Weed, Gravel-Root, Purple Boneset

Latin Name: Eupatorium purpureum

Species Origin: US Native Wildflower

Type: Native Wildflowers

Life Cycle: Perennial

USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

US Regions: Plains/Texas, Midwest, Northern, Northeast, Southeast

Seeds per Ounce: 45,000

Stratification: Cold/Wet for 4 Weeks

Germination Ease: Stratify 4 Weeks

Sunlight: Part Sun, Shade

Height: 80 Inches

Color: Pink

Bloom Season: Blooms Late Summer, Blooms Early Fall

Uses: Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Honeybees, Attracts Butterflies, Aromatic, Deer Resistant

DESCRIPTION

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This relative of Joe Pye Weed is taller, more colorful, and more fragrant than common Joe Pye Weed. Also, it does not need quite as much water, so it grows better in average garden soil. The name comes from an 18th century Native American who used this plant medicinally.

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According to legend, an 18th century healer named Joe Pye often used this plant for curing fevers and other sickness. Early settlers used this plant in the treatment of typhus, while Native Americans used it to cause the body to sweat. The genus name “Eupatorium” comes from a connection to an ancient Greek king named Eupator, who was rumored to have found an herbal antidote to poison that included this species. Though it has become increasingly rare in the wild, it can still be found occasionally in moist areas such as swamps and riverbanks.

HOW TO GROW

Sowing: Direct sow in late fall, pressing the seeds into the surface of the soil since they need light to germinate. For spring planting, mix the seeds with moist sand and store in the refrigerator for 60 days before direct sowing. To start indoors, scatter the seed on the surface of the soil in a flat; compress the soil slightly and keep it lightly moist until germination, which is naturally slow but should take place within 2-3 months. Keep the soil consistently moist, and transplant seedlings as soon as they reach a height of several inches.

Growing: Keep seedlings watered, since they need even moisture in their first year of development; they may not bloom until their second year of growth. Mature plants can tolerate drought, though they reach their full potential in moist, well-drained soil. This plant may spread by rhizomes and self-seeding, and can be divided after several years of growth. Cut the plant down to the ground after the first frost. This plant attracts butterflies and bees.

Harvesting: For fresh flowers, cut long stems of flowers that have just opened and place them in water immediately; strip the leaves that will fall below the water.

Seed Saving: Late in the season, these fuzzy flowers will begin to turn dull brown. Snip off entire heads and spread them out in a protected location to prevent the light seed from blowing away. When the heads have completely dried, shake them to remove the seed. The fluff attached to the seeds does not affect germination. Store the seeds in a cool, dry place.

FAST FACTS

Common Names: Sweetscented Joe Pye Weed, Queen of the Meadow, Trumpet-Weed, Gravel Weed, Gravel-Root, Purple Boneset

Latin Name: Eupatorium purpureum

Species Origin: US Native Wildflower

Type: Native Wildflowers

Life Cycle: Perennial

USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

US Regions: Plains/Texas, Midwest, Northern, Northeast, Southeast

Seeds per Ounce: 45,000

Stratification: Cold/Wet for 4 Weeks

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Germination Ease: Stratify 4 Weeks

Sunlight: Part Sun, Shade

Height: 80 Inches

Color: Pink

Bloom Season: Blooms Late Summer, Blooms Early Fall

Uses: Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Honeybees, Attracts Butterflies, Aromatic, Deer Resistant

Wildflowers – Joe Pye Weed Seeds

Growing to impressive heights, many plant Joe Pye or Boneset at the edge of the garden to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Blooming in white or pink clusters, some varieties have a sweet scent similar to vanilla. This perennial prefers moist soil and partial shade and will thrive near ponds or streams. Joe Pye is particularly popular in our Everwilde store.

Boneset Seeds Eupatorium perfoliatum Quick View

Boneset Seeds

Eupatorium perfoliatum

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The white flower clusters of this native perennial are pleasantly fragrant, making it a butterfly magnet. Though its medicinal effectiveness has been debated in recent years, Boneset was a well-known healing plant in colonial times.

Joe Pye Weed Seeds Eupatorium maculatum Quick View

Joe Pye Weed Seeds

Eupatorium maculatum

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This showy native wildflower abounds in wetland areas, and it is so aromatic that it continually has butterflies hovering around it. Named for an 18th century Native American, this plant was used for curing fevers and other sicknesses.

Sweet Joe Pye Weed Seeds Eupatorium purpureum Quick View

Sweet Joe Pye Weed Seeds

Eupatorium purpureum

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This relative of Joe Pye Weed is taller, more colorful, and more fragrant than common Joe Pye Weed. Also, it does not need quite as much water, so it grows better in average garden soil. The name comes from an 18th century Native American who used this plant medicinally.

Tall Boneset Seeds Eupatorium altissimum Quick View

Tall Boneset Seeds

Eupatorium altissimum

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These native white flower clusters are pleasantly fragrant, so it is used as a species in many tallgrass prairie plantings. Though its medicinal effectiveness has been debated in recent years, Boneset was a well-known healing plant in colonial times.

Growing to impressive heights, many plant Joe Pye or Boneset at the edge of the garden to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Blooming in white or pink clusters, some varieties have a sweet scent similar to vanilla. This perennial prefers moist soil and partial shade and will thrive near ponds or streams. Joe Pye is particularly popular in our Everwilde store.