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Joe-Pye Weeds are easy to grow, first year flowering perennials, which produce spectacular blooms in summer and early fall. Flowers attract swarms of butterflies and are long-lasting cut.
Enormous, 18 inch heads of wine-red, fragrant flowers in summer and early fall. Because blooms are loaded with nectar, Joe-Pye Weed is one of the very best perennials for attracting butterflies. Fresh cut or dried, flowers are excellent in arrangements.
This North East U.S. native grows 5-7 feet tall, and 3-4 feet wide. Leaves are arranged in whorls along purplish stems. They release a vanilla fragrance when crushed. Joe-Pye Weed is a magnificent plant, likely to be the highlight of your garden for years to come. Winter hardy to zone 3.
Majestic, upright, 6-7 foot tall plants produce countless, long-lasting clouds of ivory-white blooms from June to September. They are excellent cut flowers. 'Ivory Towers' Joe-Pye Weed grows about 3-3.5 feet tall the first season; the second season it reaches its full, impressive, towering height. Winter hardy to zone 4. Grows nicely with Plume Grass.
Sow in 2 inch pots or cell packs, press into soil and barely cover. Needs light to germinate. Kept at 70°F., germination is usually within 4 weeks. If not, put container inside a zip-lock bag and place in the refrigerator for 4 weeks. Remove and return to 70°F. until germination occurs. See Starting Your Seeds for more information.
Growing Joe-pye Weed: Full or part sun, light shade in hottest climates. Rich soil, ample water. Flowers are nectar rich; among the best blooms for attracting butterflies. Hummingbirds also love them. Flowers are excellent cut for fresh or dried arrangements. Plants are rabbit and deer resistant.