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Hollow Stem Joe Pye Weed - Eupatorium fistulosum

An architectural giant that thrives in moist conditions, hollow stem Joe Pye weed attracts large butterflies, often in large numbers. Joe Pye weed is at home in the back of the border or mixed in among shrubs. After flowering, bronze colored seed heads persist into winter.

Importance as a caterpillar food source: Hollow stem Joe Pye weed is not used as a caterpillar food source.

Importance as a butterfly nectar source:
Large flower clusters that reach 18 inches across provide ample amounts of nectar for a wide variety of butterflies.

The current rating for hollow Joe Pye weed is:

Garden Rating
Nectar Rating
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If you have experience growing hollow Joe Pye weed, we would like your opinion. Let us know how it performed in your butterfly garden. Your comments will help other butterfly gardeners in your region to create better butterfly gardens:


Hollow Stem Joe Pye Weed Cultural Requirements
USDA Hardiness Zone
4 to 8
Bloom Period
July to September
Bloom Color
Pale rose
Plant Height
4 to 8 feet
Plant Spread
2 to 4 feet
Light Exposure
Sun to part shade
Soil Moisture
Wet to average
Animal/Disease Problems


Hollow Stem Joe Pye Weed
Joe Pye Weed

Range Map
Native range map for Hollow Stem Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium fistulosum)



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