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Eurtrochium purpureum is commonly known as Purple Joe-Pye Weed, Kidney-root or gravel root, Sweetscented Joe Pye Weed, and Sweet Joe Pye Weed. In traditional herbal medicine, it is well-known for its diuretic and anti-inflammatory properties, and historically it has been used to treat urinary tract disorders such as kidney stones and urinary infections. This is an adaptable perennial that grows well in full sun to part shade and prefers moist soils that don’t dry out. Native varieties may be seen growing along roadways.
Seeds can be started indoors after cold moist stratification, or sown directly into the garden in the fall.  Plant seeds at a depth of around 1/4 inch in a well-draining soil mix. Keep the soil consistently moist during germination and initial establishment.

Eutrochium purpureum, Sweetscented Joe Pye Weed

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