Eutrochium maculatum (syn. Eupatorium) 'RIESENSCHIRM'

Eutrochium maculatum (syn. Eupatorium)
Eutrochium maculatum (syn. Eupatorium) 'RIESENSCHIRM'
Joe Pye weed
SIZE/TYPE tall perennial
USUAL HEIGHT 2-2.5m
USUAL WIDTH 1-1.5m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS +multicolored:lilac a purple red
BLOOMING TIME August - September
LOCATION full sun
SOIL TYPE neutral to alkaline
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS tolerates (but does not demand) wet ground
USDA zone (lowest) 5   (down to -29°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Perennials
Summer blooms
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Joe Pye was an American medicine man travelling from town to town with his medicines. This plant that is known for its curative effect on kidneys and urinary tract was named after him – Joe Pye Weed. It is a tall perennial with deep wine-red stems and attractive flowers in mid or late summer. It comes from North America where it is found in moist or boggy locations.

Riesenschirm (‘Giant Umbrella’) is the tallest Joe Pye Weed variety so far. Its stems reach some 2.5m tall and look absolutely stunning in any border. They are deep purple red, slender but sturdy, and do not bend after wind or rain. The inflorescence is a 20-30 cm wide, corymb-like, almost flat panicle, composed of vibrant purple red buds which open to dusky pink, fringed flowers from midsummer until autumn. They attract bees, butterflies, and other winged insect, and provide them with plenty of food late in the season when not many flowers bloom.

Leaves are deciduous, broadly lanceolate, serrated at margins, mid to dark green. Its architectural habit makes it a breathtaking feature of the back of a perennial border and combines well with shorter perennials or dwarf shrubs surrounding it.

This perennial was formerly called eupatorium but is now shifted to a new genus eutrochium because of its leaves which are opposite on eupatorium and whorled on eutrochium. It may get a little confusing when it comes to its hybrids that come from eutrochium genus but turn out to have opposite leaves.

Joe Pye Weed likes moist sites and when established it takes some level of occasional waterlogging, it can even grow at the marshy edge of a pond when it seeds itself there. It thrives in fertile, preferably alkaline soil in full sun or very light shade. Its stems are strong enough to take most weather caprices so you needn’t find it a sheltered spot. In spring remove all stems from previous year and beware of slugs that love its newly emerging foliage. It is hardy to at least -30 °C (USDA zone 5), possibly a little more.

Last update 03-09-2021
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Eutrochium maculatum (syn. Eupatorium m.)
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  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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