Spotted Joe Pye WeedEutrochium maculatum 4-7' tall. If there were a Best in Show competition for native wildflowers, this one would take the cake for character.
Considerable deep-green toothed and lance-shaped leaves whorl in sets of five around sturdy unbranched bewhiskered purple-spotted stems. Whimsical flat-topped terminal flower clusters with feathery lavender-rose disc florets dance on top. Blooms take the stage in mid-July and perform well into August, attracting a plethora of pollinators. Blossoms mature into soft tawny seed clusters that add unique interest to the winter landscape.
Readily spreads from seed and underground rhizomes, so plant it thoughtfully if you are working in a micro-landscape. Prefers full sun and rich moist soils. MOFGA-certified organic, grown at Ripley Farm. Z4. Maine Grown. (bare-root crowns)
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