Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium species)

Despite the scary name, this is a lovely wildflower native to our Eastern meadows that draws butterflies and birds. One especially showy variety, E. maculatum 'Gateway,' has wine-red stems 5 to 7 feet tall, topped by dusky rose nosegays a foot across. Use as a tall anchor in a perennial bed or as a temporary screen, since stems die back to the ground in winter.

Requires full sun; average to abundant water. Grows as a perennial in zones 4-8.
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