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|'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.
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.