Eupatorium maculatum

 
purple boneset - Eupatorium maculatum 06JL08-3
 
purple boneset - Eupatorium maculatum 06JL08-2

characteristics

Erect, clump forming perennial with whorls of coarse green leaves. This giant forb bears clusters of fragrant, pinkish-purple flowers. Common name refers to the dark reddish-purple stems. Fruits are seed-like with tufts of soft pinkish hairs.

Also known as joe pye weed or joe pye plant.

Starts from seed, bare root; sow ASAP.

T SSN H W sun soil H2O fire N2 pH summer fall flower (seed)
P W 1.8 0.6 S/PS F-M-C MW - - - green (red) - pink-purple

habitat

Bogs, roadside ditches, swales and streambanks.

uses

Nectar source for bees, butterflies (swallowtails in particular) and moths.

Used by Native American Joe Pye to treat fever associated with typhus.

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T = type: A = annual | B = biennial | P = perennial | SS = subshrub | D = deciduous | C = coniferous
██ = cold stratify | ██ = cold stratify & scarify | ██ = plant directly | ██ = scarify | ██ = not from seed
SSN = season: C = cool | W = warm | Y = late
H = height (in metres) | W = width (in metres) | B = bunch | S = sod | SB = sod/bunch
sun: S = full sun | S/PS = sun or partial shade | PS = partial shade | SH = full shade
soil: F = fine | M = medium | C = coarse
H2O = moisture requirement: D = dry | M = moist | W = wet | Z = aquatic
fire = fire tolerance: - = unknown | X = none | = some | •• = moderate | ••• = high tolerance
N2 = nitrogen fixing: = yes
summer = foliage colour | fall = foliage (stem) colour | flower (seed) = flower (seed / fruit) colour, if conspicuous
pH = acidity - alkalinity