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Monday, June 8, 2009

Thank You! It's Joe Pie Weed!

Of course, it is Joe Pie Weed, a perennial that is native to North America!!!
Thank you everyone who looked at the pictures and tried to guess.
The moment I saw Randy Emmitt and Tina comments and later Kathleen, susanjtweit and Frances comments, I remembered that I got several little plants last year from my friend who grew them from seeds. They were not prominent last summer, just about 2' tall. The blooms were puny, also. (So, I didn't pull them all out and I did see the blooms!)
I can't even see JPW on the picture below, although it should be somewhere here in this jungle!
(But I see something in the right part of the picture that I need to remove from this bed - it's a tomato-red geum as Grace called it, which doesn't go at all with this color pallate!)



I was not prepared to see two stately, tall multistemmed plants which emerged this spring.



What impressed me was how they appeared: several strong shoots with nice looking furled top leaves that created a clump.



What was confusing is that I have tens of seedlings nearby and believed that they were Joe Pie Weed seedlings (Now, I know that they are not!
They should be .... foxgloves!)

I don't know what type of JPW I have. While researching, I met such names as Coastal Plain Joe-Pye Weed, Hollow Joe-Pye Weed, Spotted Joe-Pye Weed,Sweet Joe-Pye Weed, Green-stemmed Joe-Pye Weed, Queen of the Meadow, Gravel Root, Kidney Root, Purple Boneset.

In my garden, JPW gets full sun and regular watering. I don't want it to grow very tall.
They say, depending on the species and the growing location, it can get very tall (up to 8-12!!! feet).
It was mentioned on one of the Internet forums that you can control JPW height by keeping it dry or shaded which is not applicable to my situation.
Some gardeners recommend to clip it back. They think it could be done up to the middle of June, and it should still bloom.
I might do it to keep the plants shorter and bushier.

My plants have mauve-pink flowers (Yes, Silvia!). I read about a variety called Chocolate Snake Root which has shiny and deep purple stems 36-40" tall covered with chocolate-purple foliage and white flowers in terminal corymbs. Another variety, Little Joe, grows 3-4 feet that is more suitable for small gardens and has pink flowers. Baby Joe is the smallest, 30-36" with fuschia-colored blooms. Speaking about blooms, the flower clusters of JPW can get as much as 1 foot in diameter!

Based on your comments and other information, I should expect to see some butterflies in my garden this summer, shouldn't I?
I like the fact that it's deer resistant, too!

To prevent it getting weedy, I think about deadheading the plants before the seeds spread (Yes, Aunt Debbi/kurts mom and Joanne!) . I might also try to replant it to rear of the garden. By the way, JPW is cultivated easiest from cuttings.

Thanks again everyone for your assistance!

The last thing - I think I need to find a plant that can boost my memory, because I actually planted it myself and I saw the blooms last year!!!
P.S. Victoria, as Tina said it is not in getting it right but in the attempt at trying for sure. It is ME who was absolutely clueless!
August update. Here it is:

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14 comments:

  1. Glad you solved your mystery. Visiting for the first time. Great posts and photographs. You have an awesome garden. Thanks for giving us a glimpse. And I love your dogs.

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  2. Hi Tatyana, I love JPW so much. It is true it like appears over night and we forget about it. One year I was not so diligent on weeding and it bloomed. It's been love ever since. I also grow 'Chocolate'; which can be aggressive due to excessive seeding, especially when in sun. Mine is in mostly shade. I like them all as they are native. Enjoy the butterflies. They will come for sure. Your garden is gorgeous.

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  3. Isn't great how there are so many wonderful bloggers out there who can help us identify those plants for which we can't identify. And, I had no idea that Joe Pye Weed could get that tall! -Jackie

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  4. I know just what it's like to find something growing in your garden and not remember how it got there! I'm glad it turned out to be something that you wanted.

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  5. Are Garden Bloggers not the greatest helping us out!Great info here!
    Oh boy...JPW can get to 8-12 ft!! Yikes!

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  6. Mystery solved!! Love the first photo.

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  7. Татьян, а по русски как? Поняла только что сорняк какой-то, или ошилась?

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  8. Joe Pye Weed is lovely, and a real butterfly magnet. Wish I had room for it here, because it gets really tall!

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  9. Hi Tatyana. Wow ! What a fantastic blog. I love the layout and all those gorgeous photographs. Your garden looks stunning and I especially like the dogs (I have two myself). I will follow with great interest.Clare

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  10. Glad you solved the puzzle. Let me know when you find a memory booster. I need it! Your border looks divine, so soft and dreamy.

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  11. I usually cut mine back so they won't get as tall, but this year, some plants around it are getting tall, so I think I'll leave them this year.

    I also have the chocolate kind. It wilts during hot temps, but seems fine once fall and bloom time is here. I must deadhead, because I haven't had it come up from seed.

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  12. Hi Teresa! This is alredy second mystery that Blotanists helped me to solve (two posts-January 24th)!

    Tina, thank you! I'll be sitting on my blue bench and waiting for those butterflies!

    Jackie, thank you! I didn't know that it could be so tall, too! That is why it's growing not in the very back of the garden.

    Victoria, you are absolutely right! I suspect that I pull out good plants sometimes!

    Naturegirl, thanks for stopping by! I hope it won't grow SO tall in my garden!

    Darla, thank you!I appreciate your kind comments!

    SoNa, хоть и есть в названии слово сорняк, но оказывается это вовсе и не сорняк! Надо поискать, как оно называется по-русски. Нашла ботанический словарь сегодня, но он как завис... так и не открылся, вредина!

    Robin, thank you for your comment! I am afraid that I'll need to move these plants somewhere because of their height!

    Thank you, Clare!Unfortunately, I am down to one dog now. The older one, Julik, left us in May. He was 13 year old and I miss him greatly.

    Catmint, thank you! I don't know myself how that bed turned to be that way. Honestly, there was no any planning involved.

    Sue, I am tempted to pinch the tops, since these two plants are kind of in the middle of the bed. Or, I might pinch one and leave the other one as is, for comparison. I don't think I'll get Chocolate, because just saying its name makes me want real chocolate!

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  13. it's a great plant and it seems to be happy even in less then full sun spots in my garden! Your garden is delicious! gail

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  14. So sorry to hear about your dog Tatyana. Mine are like children to me, so I know how it must feel.

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