In nature, Joe Pye is most often found in marshes and along the edges of fields, making it a natural choice for rain gardens or wet spots. This stately (6’) perennial also creates an excellent backdrop for pollinator gardens, where its fluffy, pink-purple blooms are an especially valuable nectar source for bees and butterflies. It’s also a host plant for several types of moths, and hollow stems provide habitat for stem-nesting bees. When bloom time is over, birds love feeding on the seeds. This ‘regular Joe’ is a real standout for the pollinator habitat!
Photo: Lisa Schneider