Big clusters of mauve-pink flowers are almost always covered with butterflies. Keep your camera handy because it's common to see two or three different types of butterflies dining at one time. Whorled leaves on sturdy stems make this plant attractive even when it's not in bloom. Similar to E. purpureum, but more tolerant of light shade.
Attracts butterflies, especially swallowtails and monarchs
Fragrant flowers with long bloom period
Compact size is good for smaller spaces
Old stems provide winter cover for beneficial insects
Grows in dry to damp soils in sun to partial shade
Fluffy seed heads provide nesting materials for birds
Wet meadows, marshes and shores, within 100 miles of the Atlantic coast; southern coastal Maine to southern New York and south along the coastal plain to the Carolinas.
At 3' to 4' tall, this dwarf Joe Pye weed is shorter than many of its cousins so you can actually watch butterflies working the flowers.
Leaves may scorch if plants get too dry so the soil should stay evenly moist. While the flower heads last a long time, this is one perennial that does not re-bloom if you remove spent blossoms so leave old flower heads on the plant and let them go to seed. The fluffy seed heads are pretty and provide nesting material for birds. Leave the stems standing through winter to provide cover for beneficial insects.