Gateway Joe-Pye Weed

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Big Native Gateway Joe Pye Weed

  • Huge Flower Clusters Reach Eight Inches Long
  • Fragrant Flowers
  • Tight Mauve-Pink Flowers are Held on Sturdy Red Stems
  • Excellent for Attract Butterflies and Essential Pollinators
  • Color from Mid-Summer Through Fall
  • Outstanding Cultivar of Native North American Prairie Perennial
  • Bushy Growth Habit
  • Attractive Green Foliage is Lance-Shaped
  • Seedheads Look Great All Winter, and Supply Food for Birds
  • Showy Backdrop
  • Perennial Comes Back Year After Year
  • Very Cold Hardy
  • Easy Care
  • Rain Garden Plant Tolerates Moist Soils to Wet Soils
  • Deer Rarely Damage This Plant

This large, bold perennial is the perfect choice for a showy accent. Butterflies can't resist the massive flower heads...and neither will you!

Water-loving Gateway Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium maculatum 'Gateway') is a modern cultivar of an important native flowering perennial. Beneficial pollinators flock to the enormous flower clusters for many months!

Each bloom cluster measures up to eight inches across! The warm hues of pink and mauve purple flowers start their display in July and last through September.

This valuable plant isn't just an ornamental native. Your nectar-rich choice will support a plethora of honey bees, mason bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators.

Even song birds love it for shelter! The massive seed heads are showy all winter and provide seed; so our experts recommend that you let them stand until late winter or early spring.

Gateway Joe Pye Weed is a marvelous resource to start a healthy ecosystem in your neighborhood. This improved native cultivar makes it easy.

With an upright habit, Gateway Joe Pye Weed has won the GreatPlants Award from the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum. It's useful height, dark green leaves and strong stems lend structure to your garden all year-long!

It's also versatile to a wide variety of soil types, including clay. Simply ensure it receives adequate moisture, and let it dazzle you!

Order Gateway Joe Pye Weed from the native plant experts at Nature Hills today!

How to Use Gateway Joe Pye Weed in the Landscape

Make the most of this handsome selection with a prominent position. Use several in a repeating pattern at the back of the perennial border.

They'll also stand up well in mixed shrub borders. Weave them into position in areas that need a boost of color.

Anywhere you use Joe Pye Weed becomes a Butterfly Garden. These moisture-lovers help fill sunny, low-lying areas with a very noteworthy mass planting.

Commercial property owners can boost your brand and advertise your business and property as a natural resource for local birds and butterflies. Install educational signage and a walking path with several benches.

Gateway Joe Pye Weed also supports efforts to reclaim potentially polluted rainwater from roofs and streets. Put together a Rain Garden, and allow this beauty to naturalize with other native perennials from our extensive catalog.

Try them at the medium to wet soils at water's edge around the far side of a pond. They'll decorate and improve the value of wetland areas, as well.

Gateway Joe Pye Weed looks amazing in Cottage Gardens, too. They'll add some durable color and bring architectural form, even in wet or clay soils.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Plant them in either full sun or partial shade in the warmest climates. They'll need at least four hours of sunshine a day to develop the sturdiest stems.

Supply an even, consistent schedule of water as Joe Pye Weed will not tolerate dry sites. Add a three inch layer of mulch over the root system to cut down on surface evaporation...but pull it back away from touching the stems.

Leave them standing for winter interest. In late winter, cut all the stems to the ground before it starts growing.

A happy, healthy stand of Gateway Joe Pye Weed becomes a dynamic addition to your flower garden. Order yours today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Gateway Joe-Pye Weed Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-8
Growing Zones 4-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Eupatorium purpureum
Mature Height 4 feet
Mature Spread 29 - 35 inches
Sun Exposure Partial Shade
Soil Normal
Flower Color Red
Foliage Purplish Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes