Joe Pye by any other name…

Eutrocheum maculatum ‘Atropurpureum’

Call it what you will: Eupatorium maculatum ‘Atropurpureum’ (the old moniker) or Eutrochium (its new handle), it would still be this week’s favorite. The early, dusky pinkness of the flower heads has faded to a darker, purplish tone, which suits me fine.

stems of Eutrochium

After that first shot, looking up at the flowerheads silhouetted against the sky, we come down to eye level and this is what we see: Sturdy stems (no amount of rain will make them flop) of a mauvish-purple with whorls of leaves spaced out along each stem.

original three became a grove

I take no credit for this stand of Joes. Some bird is most likely the designer here, and I thank the anonymous plantfowl each year, as the original three plants, which first appeared in 2005, have increased yearly and now number in the 30’s.

the fence line

They are welcome to multiply as much as they would like. I’ve always been one to embrace happy accidents. Loree came up with the idea of featuring our favorite plants in the garden. The rules to this game are loose, so why not pop on over to Danger Garden to see what’s what and join in the fun?

6 thoughts on “Joe Pye by any other name…

  1. Alison~Hope you’ll show us yours one of these days.

    Jenni~Seems like a good fit for your garden.

    Loree~Seems only fair, since so many of your plants are making appearances here.

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