Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


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    Hollow Joe-Pye Weed (Eutrochium fistulosum)
    Aster Family

    Large, mauve colored flowers are full of nectar and a favorite of Eastern Tiger Swallowtails and just about every other pollinating insect. Each flowering head is composed of hundreds of small flowers that open over several weeks. Leaves are bright green, with new growth and stems having strong purple tones. Spent flowers turn a rich brown and remain attractive through the winter for people and birds. Make sure to leave old stems up as long as possible for stem nesting insects. The large hollow stems are ideal habitat. Fairly adaptable when it comes to sun and soil. This is a very large plant prone to heavy reseeding–not recommended for smaller gardens. Can be cut in half in early summer to promote shorter, bushier plants.

    Blooms: Mauve, 5-6 weeks, July-Sept
    Leaves: Bright green, 8-10”, simple, whirled
    Height: 5-8’
    Space: 3-4’
    Soil: Average-Dry-Moist
    Exposure:  Full sun- Part sun
    Fauna: High pollinator value, most pollinating insects can be found visiting, but is a favorite of butterflies, host to over 30 species of lepidoptera
    Seeds: Very large seed heads turn an attractive brown color lasting well into winter
    Zone: 4-8
    Deer Resistance: High
    Native Status: NC Native, common in the Piedmont and Mountains, uncommon in the Sandhills
    Provenance: North Carolina Ecotype, seed grown