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sweet joe pye weed maturation from seed

Joe-Pye Weeds are easy to grow, first year flowering perennials, which produce spectacular blooms in summer and early fall. Flowers attract swarms of butterflies and are long-lasting cut.

Enormous 18 in. heads of fragrant wine-red flowers in summer and early fall. Because blooms are loaded with nectar, Joe-pye weed is one of the very best perennials for attracting butterflies. Fresh cut or dried, flowers are excellent in arrangements.

Growing Joe-Pye Weed Seeds

Grow Joe-pye Weed: Full or part sun, light shade in hottest climates. Rich soil, ample water. Flowers are nectar rich; among the best blooms for attracting butterflies. Hummingbirds also love them. Flowers are excellent cut for fresh or dried arrangements. Plants are rabbit and deer resistant.

This North East U.S. native grows 5-7 ft. tall, and 3-4 ft. wide. Leaves are arranged in whorls along purplish stems. They release a vanilla fragrance when crushed. Joe-pye Weed is a magnificent plant, likely to be the highlight of your garden for years to come. Winter hardy to zone 3.

Plant Joe-pye Weed Seeds: Sow in 2 in. pots or cell packs, press into soil and barely cover. Needs light to germinate. Kept at 70°F., germination is usually within 4 weeks. If not, put container inside a zip-lock bag and place in the refrigerator for 4 weeks. Remove and return to 70°F. until germination occurs. See starting your seeds more information about growing seedlings under lights.

Seeds germinated well, there were enough seeds in the packet, thank you!

Life Cycle: Perennial

good germination

Frustrated, I tossed the remaining seed into the backyard and forgot about them.

And WOW I now have what has to be 100 plants growing. The majority of the plants are thriving in what is heavy clay soil that rarely receives water and is subjected to HOT Texas summers.

US Regions: Midwest, Northeast, Southeast