Spotted Joe-Pye Weed: Eutrochium maculatum.
Eutrochium maculatum is native to North America and commonly grew in 18th century flower borders. Joe-Pye weed is a tall, clump forming perennial and prefers full sun to part shade and moist soil. The plants provide great height in the garden, reaching 5-7' tall and spreading 2-4' wide. From July to September, large-domed, pinkish-purple flowers bloom atop dark green leaves. Flowers attract butterflies. Joe-Pye weed is a wonderful addition to cottage gardens, meadows, native plantings, and around water. Deer resistant and clay soil tolerant. Direct sow seeds into the garden in the fall and cover with ¼” of soil. Seeds require cold stratification and will germinate in spring when the soil warms. USDA Zones 4-9.