Joe Pye Weed Seeds - Queen of the Meadow


Eupatorium purpurea

I remember the first time I saw Joe-Pye Weed in bloom- a stand out because it was playing host to what can only be described as a butterfly party. Bring this magic to your garden with these first year flowering perennials! Produces spectacular blooms in summer and early fall. Enormous 18” heads of fragrant, mauve blossoms attract swarms of pollinators and are long-lasting cut flowers for your table. Seeds need to be stratified for best germination.

  • Planting Information
  • Growing Information


Average Seed / ozSeed / 100' RowAverage Yield / 100' RowDays to Harvest
Planting SeasonIdeal Soil TempSunFrost Tolerance
After Last Frost70°FFull/PartFrost Sensitive
Sowing MethodSeed DepthDirect Seed SpacingSeeds Per Packet
Transplant or Direct Seed1/8"4-6"200
Mature SpacingDays to SproutProduction CycleSeed Viability
12-18"10-21Perennial5-7 years


Bed Preparation


Joe Pye Weed is very adaptable and will naturalize readily. Choose a site with full sun to partial shade.




Seeds need a period of cold, moist conditions for optimal germination. Direct sow outdoors in fall or stratify seed in a refrigerator for 8-12 weeks before sowing. Sow seeds ¼" deep and 4-6" apart. Seeds will sprout in 10-21 days. Thin seedlings so that mature plants are 12" apart.

Keep adequately moist for first year until plants become well established. Somewhat drought tolerant once established.




Harvest for cut flowers anytime, or leave for the pollinators!

Seed Saving


Joe Pye Weed is a hardy perennial whose seed matures in late summer/fall. Seed is ready to harvest when dry and brown. Store seeds in a cool, dry place. Seeds are viable for 5-7 years.