Hollow Joe-Pye Weed, Queen-of-the-Meadow, Trumpet Weed

Eutrochium fistulosum

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Eutrochium (yoo-TRO-kee-um) (Info)
Species: fistulosum (fist-yoo-LOW-sum) (Info)
Synonym:Eupatorium fistulosum



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:



Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Juneau, Alaska

Machesney Park, Illinois

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Dubuque, Iowa

Merryville, Louisiana

Litchfield, Maine

Florence, Mississippi

Munsonville, New Hampshire

Englishtown, New Jersey

Frenchtown, New Jersey

Howell, New Jersey

Deposit, New York

Elba, New York

Fairport, New York

Jefferson, New York

West Kill, New York

Clyde, North Carolina

Downingtown, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Ashland City, Tennessee

Viola, Tennessee

San Antonio, Texas

Arlington, Vermont

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 3, 2016, kotagrapher from Englishtown, NJ (Zone 6a) wrote:

Have both the "Little Joe" & this taller variety which has reseeded itself in a small clump in front of the original plant. Last year the original got deer pruned but still grew to over ten feet tall. This year I caged it & it grew to over 14' tall with the new clump growing to 10'!! It must really like the spot it is in & it is semi-swampy as there is a Cardinal flower patch surrounding it. My Little Joe gets over 5' tall as well but is more shrub-like whereas this taller variety grows straight up like a tree & blooms later than the dwarf variety.


On Jul 23, 2015, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

I've been happy to see a few Joe-Pye-Weed species growing in wild areas of southeast Pennsylvania. I identified the photo I added with the green book of "A Field Guide To Wildflowers by Peterson & Mckenny. The Hollow Joe-Pye has glaucous green stems sometimes tinted purple in some areas, and it usually has 6 leaves on each whorl around the stem, but it can also have 4 to 7 leaves around each whorl. The specimen I saw had 6 to 7 the most. The stems should also be hollow or tubed in cross section. This species likes moist or draining wet soils. A good native plant of the Midwest and East USA for pollinators with flowers or foliage.


On Jul 20, 2004, CatskillKarma from West Kill, NY wrote:

This plant grows wild in damp places all over the Catskills. There are several garden cultivars that are smaller than the wild variety, which gets over 10 feet tall here. It is a very dramatic plant with big flower heads and beautiful leaves arranged in tiers. My patch is a good deal darker and redder than the pictures here. The wild patch streamside at the outlet to the beaver pond down the hill from me grows below the road grade and, viewed from above, looks like a solid cloud of rosy mauve moss that you could walk on, because it flowers so profusely.It smells sort of vanilla-y, although it is not overpowering. Later, the seed heads brown and remain dramatic into fall. It requires a lot of moisture, but is not bothered by insects. It is just beginning to bloom here, and will remain decor... read more


On Jul 19, 2004, gonedutch from Fairport, NY wrote:

I love this plant for its sweet perfume and attraction to butterflies. It makes a great sunny back border display with butterfly weed (asclepias), the goldenrods (solidago) and the rudbeckias.


On Aug 30, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Eupatorium fistulosum is one of several Eupatorium species that are gaining popularity in cultivation. The dull pink to mauve flowers appear in mid to late summer.

E. fistulosum is a large, dominating plant in the garden, so be sure to plant it where it will have room to grow, and you can appreciate its size and beauty.