Plant Pro­file

Joe Pye weed

Birds & Blooms - - Contents -

This tow­er­ing na­tive peren­nial blooms well into fall, bring­ing the sea­son’s last but­ter­flies to your yard. Bees love the flow­ers, too! Joe Pye weed does well in wet soil, so plant it in a rain gar­den or soggy cor­ner. Once the flow­ers fade, seed heads of­fer tex­ture and in­ter­est to a win­ter gar­den. At­tracts: Light needs: Sun or part shade. Size: 5 to 7 feet tall. Grown for: Showy pink blooms that smell like vanilla (use them for in­door bou­quets).

Fo­liage: Lance-shaped dark green leaves. Cul­ti­vars to try: Lit­tle Joe and Phan­tom reach 4 feet tall. For your smaller spaces, Baby Joe stays un­der 3 feet tall.

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