Eutrochium purpureum, Sweet Joe Pye Weed
|Buds about to open in our part shaded garden|
Sweet Joe Pye is the less common of the two Pye Weeds native to Minnesota. With habitat mainly in several northeastern and southeastern counties, Sweet JP is not only shorter in stature than the more common Spotted JP, it is also much more tolerant of shade. Highly attractive to insects, its sweet scent will lure you to its mauve-rose colored flowers in mid to late summer. Its early summer leaves can be subject to skeletonizing or pinholes from various insects (including Japanese Beetles), but in my experience the plants fully recover, leafing out again, and always produce flowers. Excellent for woodland and septic drain field edges, wetlands, rain gardens and semi-shaded gardens.with moist soil.
Bloom: rose-pink, July through August
Height: 4 to 6 feet, sturdy and upright, will grow taller in wet soils
Conditions: part sun to part shade, moist to medium soils