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Eutrochium maculatum, commonly known as Joe Pye weed, is native to damp meadows, thickets and coastal areas in eastern North America. 'Gateway' typically grow 4-6' tall on branched, purple-speckled stems clad with serrate, lance-shaped, medium green leaves (to 8” long) that typically appear in whorls of 3-6. Prefers moist, fertile, humusy soils which do not dry out. This is a butterfly magnet in late summer time. To direct sow Joe Pye Weed, scatter seeds across the bed and lightly rake them in. Keep the soil moist until the ground freezes. Alternatively, you can start the seeds indoors about five weeks before spring temperatures are consistently in the 50°Fs. Sow the seeds about 1/8 inch deep in containers of potting mix.

Eutrochium maculatum, 'Gateway', Joe Pye Weed

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