Joe Pye Weed Seeds

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Also called Spotted Joe Pye Weed, its dusty rose-colored flowers will bloom for many weeks in July and August, becoming absolute magnets for dozens of species of butterflies.  If you love Joe Pye but have too much shade, try ). 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. Buy Joe-pye Weed seeds. Red to purple and white Joe-pye Weed seeds for sale. Enormous, showy flower heads on 5-7 ft. tall, hardy perennial plants. Attracts swarms of butterflies summer and fall.

Eutrochium maculatum Joe Pye Weed

Joe Pye Weed is a very tall plant, up to 6′ in the best sun/soil conditions, but strong stems support the flowering plant so it rarely needs to be staked. These attractive stems are almost the same color as the dusty rose-colored flowers, which will bloom for many weeks in July and August, becoming absolute magnets for dozens of species of butterflies. Also called Spotted Joe Pye Weed, it is best planted in full to almost-full sun and rich, moist soils. It will spread so should be planted with caution in small landscape situations.

If you love Joe Pye but have too much shade, try Sweet Joe Pye Weed ( Eutrochium purpureum ). It is very similar to Joe Pye in height, flower shape and color, but likes savanna and woodland conditions.

Live Plant Shipping Table
Spring Fall Age/Size
Potted 3-Packs May/June N/A 2.5″ wide x 3.5″ deep pots
Potted Trays of 50 May N/A 2″ wide x 5″ deep plugs
Potted Trays of 38* May/June N/A 2″ wide x 5″ deep plugs
*This species is a choice in the Mix & Match – Create Your Own Tray!

Map Key

This map shows the native and introduced (adventive) range of this species. Given appropriate habitat and climate, native plants can be grown outside their range.

2 Questions asked on Eutrochium maculatum

Q Tim • August 3 I get spotted Joe Pye weed and Hollow Joe Pye weed confused enough as adult plants I was wondering if you knew of any ways to tell them apart when they’re first-year seedlings or smaller plants without flowers

A Prairie Moon • August 6 From seedlings, no, they would nearly identical. But, as a young plant, before flowering, you should notice the whitish stem on the Hollow Joe Pye (E. fistulosum) vs. the more purplish on E. maculatum. Hollow Joe Pye is taller by about 1 foot when mature, so there could be a noticeable height difference in juvenile plants as well. And then of course there is the stem, if you can spare a few plants, crack it open and see if it is indeed hollow.

Q Kimberly • February 1 Is this the plant that’s also known as gravel root and can be used medicinally?

A Prairie Moon • February 1 Thanks for writing, Kimberly. We have found online references to medicinal uses of “gravel root” plants in the Eutrochium (formerly Eupatorium) genus, with citations of both Joe Pye Weed and Sweet Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium purpureum). We would caution against experimentation without diligent research and consultation with medical authorities.

SEED:

Growing your own plants from seed is the most economical way to add natives to your home. Before you get started, one of the most important things to know about the seeds of wild plants is that many have built-in dormancy mechanisms that prevent the seed from germinating. In nature, this prevents a population of plants from germinating all at once, before killing frosts, or in times of drought. To propagate native plants, a gardener must break this dormancy before seed will grow.

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Each species is different, so be sure to check the GERMINATION CODE listed on the website, in the catalog, or on your seed packet. Then, follow the GERMINATION INSTRUCTIONS prior to planting. Some species don’t need any pre-treatment to germinate, but some species have dormancy mechanisms that must be broken before the seed will germinate. Some dormancy can be broken in a few minutes, but some species take months or even years.

Seed dormancy can be broken artificially by prolonged refrigeration of damp seed in the process of cold/moist STRATIFICATION. A less complicated approach is to let nature handle the stratifying through a dormant seeding, sowing seeds on the surface of a weed-free site in late fall or winter. Tucked safely beneath the snow, seeds will be conditioned by weathering to make germination possible in subsequent growing seasons.

To learn more, read our BLOG: How to Germinate Native Seeds

DORMANT BARE ROOT PLANTS:

We dig plants when they are dormant from our outdoor beds and ship them April-May and October. Some species go dormant in the summer and we can ship them July/August. We are among the few still employing this production method, which is labor intensive but plant-friendly. They arrive to you dormant, with little to no top-growth (bare-root), packed in peat moss. They should be planted as soon as possible. Unlike greenhouse-grown plants, bare-root plants can be planted during cold weather or anytime the soil is not frozen. A root photo is included with each species to illustrate the optimal depth and orientation. Planting instructions/care are also included with each order.

POTTED PLANTS:

3-packs and trays of 32, 38, or 50 plants leave our Midwest greenhouses based on species readiness (being well-rooted for transit) and order date; Spring shipping is typically early May through June, and Fall shipping is mid-August through September. Potted 3-packs and trays of 38 plugs are started from seed in the winter so are typically 3-4 months old when they ship. Trays of 32/50 plugs are usually overwintered so are 1 year old. Plant tray cells are approximately 2” wide x 5” deep in the trays of 38 and 50, and 2.5″ wide x 3.5″ deep in the 3-packs and trays of 32; ideal for deep-rooted natives. Full-color tags and planting & care instructions are included with each order.

*PLEASE NOTE: we are a mail order nursery and have no retail facilities, but you may pick up your order if prior arrangements are made. Pick up orders are subject to **MN Sales Tax.

Shipping & Handling Charges:

SEED $100.00 and under: $5.00
Retail SEED orders over $100.00 ship free! Custom seed mixes or wholesale seed sales over $100, add 5% of the total seed cost
(for orders over $1,000 a package signature may be required)

BARE ROOT and POTTED PLANTS $50.00 and under: $9.00
over $50.00: 18% of the total plant cost. (For orders over $1,000 a package signature may be required.)

TOOLS and BOOKS have the shipping fee included in the cost of the product (within the contiguous US).

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**We are required to collect state sales tax in certain states. Your state’s eligibility and % will be calculated at checkout. MN State Sales Tax of 7.375% is applied for orders picked up at our MN location. Shipping & handling charges are also subject to the sales tax.

Shipping Season:

SEED, TOOLS and BOOKS are sent year-round. Most orders ship within a day or two upon receipt.

BARE ROOT PLANTS are shipped during optimal transplanting time: Spring (April-May) and Fall (Oct). Some ephemeral species are also available for summer shipping. Since our plants are field-grown, Nature sets the schedule each year as to when our season will begin and end. We fill all orders, on a first-come, first-serve basis, to the best of our ability depending on weather conditions beyond our control.

POTTED PLANTS (Trays of 32/38/50 plugs and 3-packs) typically begin shipping early May and go into June; shipping time is heavily dependent on all the species in your order being well-rooted. If winter-spring greenhouse growing conditions are favorable and all species are well-rooted at once, then we ship by order date (first come, first serve). We are a Midwest greenhouse, and due to the challenges of getting all the species in the Mix & Match and Pre-Designed Garden Kits transit-ready at the same time, we typically can’t ship before early May. Earlier shipment requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

*We are unable to ship PLANTS (bare root or potted) outside the contiguous US or to CALIFORNIA due to regulations.

Delivery:

We ship using USPS, UPS and Spee Dee. UPS and Spee Dee are often used for expediting plant orders; they will not deliver to Post Office Box numbers, so please also include your street address if ordering plants. We send tracking numbers to your email address so please include it when you order.

FOR MORE DETAILED SHIPPING INFORMATION, INCLUDING CANADA SHIPPING RATES (SEED ONLY), PLEASE SEE ‘SHIPPING’ AT THE FOOTER OF THIS WEBSITE.

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.

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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.

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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.

Joe-Pye Weed

Joe-Pye Weeds are easy to grow, first year flowering perennials, which produce spectacular blooms in summer and early fall. Flowers attract swarms of butterflies and are long-lasting cut.

Enormous 18 in. heads of fragrant wine-red flowers in summer and early fall. Because blooms are loaded with nectar, Joe-pye weed is one of the very best perennials for attracting butterflies. Fresh cut or dried, flowers are excellent in arrangements.

This North East U.S. native grows 5-7 ft. tall, and 3-4 ft. wide. Leaves are arranged in whorls along purplish stems. They release a vanilla fragrance when crushed. Joe-pye Weed is a magnificent plant, likely to be the highlight of your garden for years to come. Winter hardy to zone 3.

Growing Joe-Pye Weed Seeds

Plant Joe-pye Weed Seeds: Sow in 2 in. pots or cell packs, press into soil and barely cover. Needs light to germinate. Kept at 70°F., germination is usually within 4 weeks. If not, put container inside a zip-lock bag and place in the refrigerator for 4 weeks. Remove and return to 70°F. until germination occurs. See starting your seeds more information about growing seedlings under lights.

Grow Joe-pye Weed: Full or part sun, light shade in hottest climates. Rich soil, ample water. Flowers are nectar rich; among the best blooms for attracting butterflies. Hummingbirds also love them. Flowers are excellent cut for fresh or dried arrangements. Plants are rabbit and deer resistant.

Shipping Information

U.S. Shipping Rates

Free shipping on U.S. orders over $60.00.
Free priority shipping on U.S. orders over $125.00.

Standard U.S. shipping is $5.99.
Priority U.S. shipping is $9.99.

International Shipping Rates

Shipping to Canada is $13.99.
International shipping to all other countries is $15.99.

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