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Buds and blooms last for many weeks.

All of our Eupatorium cultivars were eaten by an unidentified beetle in 2003, but were not heavily damaged.

E. maculatum would make an effective screen.

'Gateway' Joe Pye Weed
Eupatorium maculatum 'Gateway'


Tall, sturdy, green stems with red blotches bear ovate, lanceolate leaves. In summer, loose bi-level corymbs of rayless pink/purple flowers form in bud clusters that are colorful for weeks before opening, and are long-blooming afterward. 'Gateway' is a more compact cultivar, but still is a large plant that needs space.

Plant Type: perennial

Plant Form or Habit: upright/vertical

Plant Use: In wild gardens, as an architectural element in the back of borders and flower beds, as a screen.

Light Requirement: full sun full sun/part shade

Flower Color:
Bloom Period:
late summer
early fall
Height: Minimum: 60 inches      Maximum: 72 inches

Width: Minimum: 48 inches     Maximum: 72 inches

Foliage Texture: coarse

USDA Hardiness Zone: 5

Water Requirements: average

Additional Comments: This native plant appears to be much more popular in Europe than in the U.S. The plant's common name originates from an Indian who reportedly used it to cure typhoid fever. E. purpureum, of which maculatum is a related species, is used internally for kidney, urinary, prostate, and uterine problems.

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