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Spotted Joe Pye Weed Seeds - Eupatorium maculatum - FR9

Beautiful butterfly attracting cut flower! Eupatorium maculatum -  Advanced grower level, difficult to germinate. Low germination rate is standard with this cultivar.
This is not an easy plant to start, germination can be tough, but once established, it is a low maintenance plant!
Spotted Joe-Pye Weed is a native perennial wildflower that grows from 2 - 6 feet tall. The central stem is hairy and purple or purple-spotted, as are the flowering stalks. Fragrant purple flowers, in flat-topped clusters of 9 or more florets per head, appear in mid- to late summer (July-September). The florets produce wind-dispersed small dry seed with hair-like bristles. Plants are mostly unbranched, except for flower-bearing stalks near the apex of the plant. The ovate (egg-shaped) leaves have conspicuous veins, grow up to 8 inches long and 2.5 inches across, and usually appear in whorls of 4 or 5. The fibrous root system sometimes produces rhizomes (horizontal stem with shoots above and roots below), which create colonies. Distribution: Spotted Joe-Pye Weed prefers moist conditions and populates a variety of wetland habitats from Nova Scotia south to the mountains of North Carolina and from Nebraska to British Columbia (USDA cold hardiness zones 2-9). It is rarely found on disturbed sites. Establishment Seed propagation Seeds ripen about a month after flowering and should be collected when the heads dry, split and the fluffy seed begins to float away. If collected earlier, dry the seed heads for 1 - 2 weeks in open paper bags. If seeds are sown directly, sow in the fall and sow thickly as germination rates are typically low. For container production, a cold-moist pretreatment at 40 degrees Fahrenheit for 3 weeks to 3 months will increase germination percentages. After pretreatment, sow seeds in a fine germination mix containing milled sphagnum moss. Transplant to potting mix after seeds have germinated. Seeds germinate at 70 - 85 degrees Fahrenheit and in the presence of light. Use a greenhouse with alternating temperatures (day temperatures 70 - 85 degrees Fahrenheit, night temperatures 65 - 68 degrees Fahrenheit). Seeds will last up to 3 years if stored in a cold (40 degrees Fahrenheit) and dry (30% relative humidity) environment.


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