• Post published:August 20, 2013
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Joe Pye Weed

Joe Pye Weed, Eupatorium, is a native plant whose range extends from Texas to Maine. It can be used in perennial flower beds, or allowed to flourish on the roadside or in fields. I planted a small variety in my garden this spring, but I love the 6 foot tall ‘weeds’ that grow in the fields.

Joe Pye Weed

I am not successful of getting  photographs of butterflies, but butterflies find lots of nectar in the tiny blossoms of the Joe Pye Weed flower head, which can be very broad. It is easy to grow in sun or very light shade, in soil moist or dry. While it is a good nectar plant for butterflies, it does not support caterpillars.  Host plants for caterpillars include milkweed, dill, parsley, cabbage, sunflowers and many others. For a more complete list click here.

This year in my own garden I found that garlic chives are a great nectar plant. Next year I am going to plant mountain mint which also attracts many butterflies and other pollinators.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Jeane

    I have seen this plant a lot this summer, along roadsides and never knew what it was. I’m glad to finally have an identity for it!

  2. Denise Hammond

    I love this plant in my garden, all six feet of it. And yes, it does attract plenty of butterflies.

  3. I also am planting mountain mint…still with all the native nectar plants and host plants we are not getting any butterflies.

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