Tall growing with clouds of fluffy mauve flowers from summer to autumn Eupatorium purpureum is a wonderful drought tolerant plant . Reaching a height of nearly 2m a position toward the rear of the border is best suited. Also known as ‘gravel root’ and ‘Joe Pye Weed’.
It is a bit of ‘informal’ type of plant, it needs a little space and is not really suited to grow in containers.
A position in a well drained humus rich soil is best, although it will grow in full sun we find that dappled shade is best. In summer some extra moisture may be required during dry spells. Copes well with cold spells, is attractive to butterflies and can be pruned right back in winter. A slightly alkaline soil is best, but usually not essential
Propagation is from seed or by division of established clumps.
Species and varieties
Eupatorium rugosum (white snakeroot) is a useful plant for the garden border. Euoatorium megalophyllum has a large flower head and is sometimes referred to as ‘purple mist flower’ while Eupatorium cannabinum with its pink flower heads is a tough drought tolerant species like most other species.
Eupatorium purpureum is available for sale form the following nurseries
52 Rodd St Canowindra NSW 2804
An online nursery specialising in drought and frost tolerant perennials and fragrant, edible and herbs.
412 James Lane, Fern Hill VIC. 3458 - Phone 0419002651
Large range of Rare plants, Climbers, Bulbs, Perennials Fruit Trees, Ornamental Trees and Shrubs. Available both Retail and by Mail Order
1070 Jacksons Track, Jindivick 3818
Specialising in growing and selling Rare and Unusual Trees, shrubs Perennials Bulbs and Climbers, a unique nursery with amazing stock.
Large variety of Epimediums, Woodland plants and Herbaceous perennials
Mail order or nursery. We do not send to Tasmania or WA