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Hollow Joe Pye Weed

Eupatorium fistulosum

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Hollow Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium fistulosum) at Pesche's Garden Center

Hollow Joe Pye Weed flowers

Hollow Joe Pye Weed flowers

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Hollow Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium fistulosum) at Pesche's Garden Center

Hollow Joe Pye Weed in bloom

Hollow Joe Pye Weed in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  5 feet

Spacing:  30 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  syn. Eutrochium fistulosum


A tall, native, clump forming perennial featuring fluffy plumes of dusky, rose-purple flowers, over attractive lance shaped leaves, arranged in whorls on strong stems; tasty seeds for birds and nectar for butterflies

Ornamental Features

Hollow Joe Pye Weed has masses of beautiful plumes of lightly-scented rose flowers with violet overtones at the ends of the stems from mid summer to early fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its serrated narrow leaves emerge dark green in spring, turning forest green in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Hollow Joe Pye Weed is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its wonderfully bold, coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced garden composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Hollow Joe Pye Weed is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Vertical Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Hollow Joe Pye Weed will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 30 inches apart. It tends to be leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and should be underplanted with lower-growing perennials. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 15 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is native to parts of North America. It can be propagated by division.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Articulation  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Flowers  Texture  Plant Form  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features