Nodding Onion Gardens

Native Plant Nursery

Where Wildflowers Grow

Columbia Station, Ohio, USA


 Eutrochium maculatum - Joe-Pye-Weed

Formally Eupatorium maculatum


Ohio Native Plant - Natural Range

Eutrochium maculatum

Visit the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service website  to view the natural range of Joe-pye-weed
Bees feasting on Joe-pye-weed

Wildlife Significance

Eutrochium maculatum

Nectar Source - Spotted Skippers, Butterflies:Zebra Swallowtail, Variegated Fritillary, Tiger Swallowtail, Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Anise Swallowtail, Milbert's Tortoiseshell, Monarch, Black Swallowtail, hummingbirds, bumblebees, solitary bees and wasps.

Host Plant -
Caterpillars of the Pearl crescent (butterfly)

Seeds - Small sees are a feed for Swamp Sparrows

Deer - Are not fond of Joe-pye-weed

Fore detailed information visit Illinois Wildflower website

Joe-pye-weed is an amazing Pollinator plant
wildflowers 44070
Joe- Pye- Weed even attracts poodles like Sammy
August 2012 - I had a wonderful conversation, with Sammy's owners about backpacking, raised bed, organic gardening and nematode root spray. Sammy didn't mind the delay, he just made himself comfortable under the shade of a Joe-Pye-"tree".

Stratifying Joe Pye Weed Seeds
Stratifying Joe- Pye-Weed Seeds
Joe-Pye-Weed - Eutrochium maculatum
Joe - Pye Weed - Allegeheny River, PA

Cultivation Information


Height - 5ft
Flower Color - Pink
Blooms - June to August
Sun -Sun to part sun

Hardy Zone - 4 to 9
Soil - Moist

Family - Asteraceae
Joe-Pye-Weed - Eupatorium maculatum
Swallowtail visiting Joe-pye-weed

Propagation Notes 

Eutrochium maculatum

Harvesting Seed - Wait until flowers turn brown before collecting seed. Either plant outside or allow to dry in paper bag before storing.

Outdoors -
Seed harvested in late fall is placed in well drained flat. since seed needs light to germinate is is best not to cover will soil. Cover flat with protective layer like glass, this will to protect seedlings in the spring from heavy rain.

Storage In refrigerator - Moist Cold - 
30 days - Small Zip lock plastic bag with a few table spoons of  moistened vermiculite

Seeds Planted -

Sprouted -
2-23-2012 -

Night Temperature -
61 - 63°F

Day Temperature -
64 - 65°F - Under florescent lights

 Eutrochium maculatum - Nodding Onion Gardens
Eutrochium maculatum - Raccoon Creek PA

Seed Provenance - 

Nodding Onion Gardens - 2011 - present. Prairie Moon Nursery, Winona, MN - 2010