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Joe-pye Flowerhead with Tiger Swallowtails

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By Diohio


Joe-pye Flowerhead with Tiger Swallowtails (Eupatorium maculatum)

This is one HUGE Joe-pye flowerhead. Tiger Swallowtails are fairly large butterflies so you see just how big this ball of Joe-pye is. They get so heavy that they'll bend to the ground if I don't stake them so I use long metal rods to keep them from bending or breaking.



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I want this plant......

29 Mar, 2008

 

We see Joe-Pye in the marshes around here but very few people try it in their gardens...did I mention my intended bog garden...here's a likely candidate for the backdrop. I live in a city and my backgarden is completely fenced...don't see many butterflies. I'm hoping to see more as I plant more of their favourites.

3 Apr, 2008

 

This plant should definately help attract butterflies, but beware, you'll have seedlings come up. If they get where you don't want them you can either transplant them to where you'd want them or else yank them and toss them when they're small. Something I've done for the past few years is once the ball of flowers goes to seed I'll cut it off and put it where I want more to come up.

3 Apr, 2008



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