Audubon® Little Joe Pye Weed
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In the dog days of summer, when the garden is frankly looking a little tired (and we are, too), Coastal Plain Joe Pye Weed is fresh as a daisy. Mid- to late summer is when this chipper Spirit opens its cloudlike, mauve-pink flowers. Butterflies are quick to find their nectar, and they linger on the blooms on warm, lazy afternoons. Tiger swallowtails and monarchs are the most conspicuous and frequent visitors, but you may also spot black swallowtails, viceroys, painted ladies, red admirals, fritillaries, and skippers. In fall, the flowers become fluffy clusters of fawn-colored seeds, enjoyed by sparrows and finches.
May Benefit & Attract: Sparrows and finches
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New! Introducing our bird-friendly collection of Audubon® Native Plants & Trees
- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
Bower & Branch is proud to grow Audubon® Native Plants for Birds in partnership with the National Audubon Society to help birds and other wildlife thrive.
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- Your purchase and planting of this native flora directly supports Audubon’s conservation mission and impact
- Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
- Audubon Native Plants & Trees are free of neonicotinoids and exclusively grown by Bower & Branch
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Who was this Joe Pye person? The world may never know for certain who he was or if he even existed in real life, but historians have tried hard to uncover the truth. Their research seems to indicate that Joe Pye was indeed a real person, perhaps a Mohican medicine man who lived in New England in the eighteenth century. He supposedly had a reputation for using this plant to treat typhus fever, a disease transmitted by lice or fleas that was once more common in the U.S. Coastal Plain Joe Pye Weed is native from Maine to South Carolina.
There are several species of Joe Pye Weeds. The most common ones are tall, shrublike Spirits that tower over other plants in the garden. Coastal Plain Joe Pye Weed is different. Naturally maintaining a smaller, more compact habit, it fits easily into gardens of all sizes.
How to Grow
Native to boggy areas and wet meadows along the East Coast, Coastal Plain Joe Pye Weed also appreciates moist soil in the landscape. Plant it in a rain garden, next to a pond, in a low spot in your yard, or wherever the soil doesn’t dry out in summer. Too little water will result in brown, crispy leaf margins. This plant wants full sun to look its best, but it can tolerate part shade. During the winter, leave stems standing for wildlife. Birds will glean the last of the seeds, and native bees may overwinter in its stems.
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