Genus: Eupatorium purpureum
Plant Type: Perennial
Hardiness Zone: Zones 4-8
Requirements: Full sun, regular water.
Zoo Location: Front Entry Plaza
Characteristics: Native to the eastern United States, this large perennial can grow 3 to 9 feet tall and 3 feet wide. Leaves up to 1' long are heavily toothed and the thick stems are hollow. Clusters of tiny, pale purple flowers form large clouds at the top of the stalks. Joe Pye Weed is a great butterfly plant due to heavy amounts of pollen and nectar. It needs light shade in hotter climates and performs best with rich soil and ample water.
Did you Know? Performs best in rich soil.