Hey Joe (Pye Weed) – Eutrochium purpureum


August brings not just the Susans, but also Joe – as in Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium). Note that Joe Pye Weeds used to be Eupatoriums, but now thanks to the ever-busy taxonomists they are Eutrochiums. This is arguably an improvement since Eutrochium is one syllable shorter. (I’ve written my Senator demanding passage of a bill barring taxonomists from introducing new genus names with more syllables than the old ones. I should hear back any day now, though I can’t imagine what’s taking so long.)

Of course, Eutrochium has that belligerent hard C, while Eupatorium has a gentler sound to it. So I don’t know.


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  1. Great to know, thanks for the heads up. At the moment it’s closest neighbours are Veronica and Miscanthus. It did seem to come from nowhere this year into quite a big plant. I really like it and it fills the space with interest, however if I know it can get out of hand I’ll have to make sure I keep it under control a bit.

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  2. I have what I think must be this in the garden. I’ve been trying to figure out what it is for the past couple of months. Thank you!

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    1. igrowhort says:

      Happy to have helped, it can be quite a thug in the garden, so be careful what you plant nearby.

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