Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Eupatorium purpureum

Eupatorium purpureum (yoo-puh-TOR-ee-um pur-PUR-ee-um) or Joe Pye Weed adds fluid structure to the garden as it gracefully bends and sways amidst the bay and oriental lilies. The 6-foot tall burgundy stems support the showy arrangement of domed purple-mauve flowers and arrangement of whorled leaves. The eupatorium prefers moisture and can be quite unruly, but has adjusted and is well behaved in our drought tolerant garden.

Beneath the Blue Atlas Cedar, a lone purple sedum proudly stands.