Planting Joe Pye Weed

Joe Pye Weed is a tall herbaceous perennial that is a member of the Eutrochium genus. This genus has many species, but most plants are tall and feature summer-blooming fragrant flowers in a purple hue. Joe Pye Weed is native to North America, so this is an excellent plant to feature in a landscape since it will acclimate quickly and thrive with minimal care. Learn the correct way to plant Joe Pye Weed to enjoy healthy plants.


What You Need To Plant Joe Pye Weed

  • Shovel
  • Compost or manure
  • Garden spade
  • Good location
  • Water source
  • Mulch

Where to Plant Joe Pye Weed

Plant Joe Pye Weed in full sun to partial shade. Morning sun and afternoon shade are ideal because overly warm temperatures can be damaging. Plants in full shade will become straggly and may not bloom well, so look for a spot that receives 4 to 6 hours of sunlight. Joe Pye Weed is a tall, stately perennial and looks best toward the back of a perennial bed or border. It is adaptable to many soil types, but rich, well-drained soil is best. High organic content supports new growth, while good drainage prevents root rot. 

Joe Pye Weed Spacing

Most Joe Pye Weed varieties grow 2 to 4 feet wide, so space plants 3 to 5 feet apart. Air circulation is critical for these perennials to avoid powdery mildew and other fungal diseases. Anticipate how large the plant will become at maturity and plant Joe Pye Weed at least 4 feet away from buildings and trees.

Steps To Plant Joe Pye Weed

Step 1 - Dig a hole twice as large and as deep as the root ball and amend the soil with organic compost or manure.

Step 2 - Place the root ball in the prepared hole so the top is even with the surrounding ground.

Step 3 - Backfill the hole and firmly press the soil into place.

Step 4 - Apply a layer of mulch around the base of the plant.

Step 5 - Water the plant thoroughly, saturating the soil and root ball.

When to Plant Joe Pye Weed

Plant Joe Pye Weed in the spring. This plant is an herbaceous perennial and will appreciate an entire growing season to acclimate and store enough energy before winter dormancy. Established Joe Pye Weed plants can be transplanted or divided in the fall or early spring before new growth emerges.


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Author Alison Cotsonas - Published 06-30-2023