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Herbaceous Perennial

Eutrochium maculatum
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An erect, clump-forming perennial to 2m tall bearing terminal heads of small, pinkish-purple flowers in late summer and and early autumn. Oval or lance-shaped, finely-toothed leaves to 25cm long are borne in whorls on stems spotted with purple

Synonyms
Eupatorium purpureum subsp. maculatum
Eupatorium purpureum var. maculatum
see moreEupatorium maculatum
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Size
Ultimate height
1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Poorly–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Pink Purple Green
Autumn Pink Purple Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H7
Botanical details
Family
Asteraceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Clump forming
Name status

Correct

Plant range
N America

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in any moist soil in sun or part shade; prefers alkaline soil

Propagation

Propagate by seed or by division in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Prairie planting
  • Wildlife gardens
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Cut back to the ground in late autumn

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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