Joe-Pye Weed: Our Favorite Flowers

'Gateway' Joe-Pye Weed

'Gateway' Joe-Pye Weed

This statuesque plant adds strong architectural interest to your flower border and attracts butterflies by the dozen. Because perennial foliage usually declines after the plants bloom, choosing a late-season bloomer such as Joe-Pye weed ensures you have lush, beautiful foliage all season long. The variety called ‘Gateway,’ shown, reaches up to six feet in height.

Photo by: Photo courtesy of White Flower Farm

Photo courtesy of White Flower Farm

This statuesque plant adds strong architectural interest to your flower border and attracts butterflies by the dozen. Because perennial foliage usually declines after the plants bloom, choosing a late-season bloomer such as Joe-Pye weed ensures you have lush, beautiful foliage all season long. The variety called ‘Gateway,’ shown, reaches up to six feet in height.

The flower clusters of joe-pye weed appear in mid to late summer and typically last until hard frost. The most common types easily reach 6 feet tall, but there are also shorter species and cultivars. The tallest varieties work well at the back of a border where they can command attention at the end of summer. Joe-pye weed needs moist, well-drained soil.

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