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Eupatorium purpureum

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EUPATORIUM

These are generally large plants with big domes of small flower heads that are rich in nectar and pollen. Blossoms attract butterflies. Most of the species are wild plants of eastern U.S. meadows, little noted until recently but now are popular in perennial borders and naturalistic meadow plantings.

Eupatorium purpureum

From the eastern U.S. Grows to 3–9 ft. tall, 1–3 ft. wide, with a clump of hollow stems set with tiered whorls of strongly toothed leaves to a foot long. Leaves have a vanilla scent when bruised. Big domes of pale purple flowers in late summer or fall.

Most common in gardens is 5-ft.-tall ‘Gateway’, with reddish purple stems topped by mauve to dusky purple flowers. All put on the best show with rich soil and ample water.

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