Joe Pye Weed 'Gateway'

Eutrochium maculatum

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Eutrochium (yoo-TRO-kee-um) (Info)
Species: maculatum (mak-yuh-LAH-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Gateway
Synonym:Eupatorium maculatum
Synonym:Eutrochium maculatum var. maculatum
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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

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

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

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible


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

, (2 reports)

Decatur, Georgia

Marietta, Georgia

Deerfield, Illinois

Grayslake, Illinois

Hinsdale, Illinois

La Grange Park, Illinois

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Naperville, Illinois

Waukegan, Illinois

Des Moines, Iowa

Marshalltown, Iowa

North Yarmouth, Maine

Dracut, Massachusetts

Charlevoix, Michigan

Hopkins, Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota (2 reports)

Plainfield, New Jersey

Scotch Plains, New Jersey

Stockton, New Jersey

East Hampton, New York

Belmont, North Carolina

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Enid, Oklahoma

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Walterville, Oregon

Downingtown, Pennsylvania

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Whitehall, Pennsylvania

Salt Lake City, Utah

Arlington, Virginia

Lexington, Virginia

Pearisburg, Virginia

Springfield, Virginia

Battle Ground, Washington

East Port Orchard, Washington

Kalama, Washington

Ocean Park, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 23, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

All the big species of this genus have lovely, large domed heads of dusty rose flowers which are very attractive to butterflies and other pollinators. This cultivar has especially large flower heads to 18" across.

Unfortunately, the seed-heads tend to look messy rather than ornamental, and begin to detract from the flowering display within a week of the start of flowering. This is especially obvious with the white-flowered cultivars. Here the species generally blooms for about 6 weeks beginning in late July. Plants cut back in August before they've entirely gone to seed may rebloom three to six weeks later.

This species (E. fistulosum) is hardy to Z3. Under excellent conditions it can reach a height of 12'. 'Gateway' has been promoted as a shorter, semi-dwarf ... read more


On Sep 21, 2011, HamptonsGardener from East Hampton, NY wrote:

Great perennial. Easy to grow. Creates a great screen and a nice wall of color in late summer.


On Aug 29, 2011, ms_greenjeans from Hopkins, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

I planted this along the alley as a living screen/fence. Great plant - looks great all season, requires very little attention. When it blooms it is simply stunning. This is a plant that does require a LOT of room, but it is absolutely worth it. While in bloom it is generally covered in bees and butterflies.


On Jul 29, 2009, Wic7ita from Fairmont, NE wrote:

I have 2 areas of Joe Pye Weed, one species and the other 'Gateway' cultivar. I treat the areas like a shrub: high prairie winds here tend to knock down tall plants here and growing the plant in a bunch helps it stand up. If it spreads too much for you, just yank out some of the stems. If it shows up in other garden areas, pull it out. Propagate by seed.
Almost all native plants benefit from knowing their origin: JoePye Weed grows only in riparian areas in the prairie, which means it needs some additional water here in Nebraska especially during hot drought. Baby it too much and of course it becomes invasive. Tough Love is best.


On Aug 5, 2008, erdooley from Decatur, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I've been growing this plant for years, and really enjoy it. It does tend to wilt in the afternoon sun, but recovers nicely. I think the tall arching branches are very graceful and dramatic. Oftentimes by the end of the season they may need staking. (They can be cut by 1/3 early in the season for overall shorter plants.) The blooms last a really long time, gradually fading into attractive seed heads that I usually leave on through much of the winter. The root clumps seem to grow quickly, enabling just a few plants to make quite a statement after a couple of years.


On May 29, 2007, littlelulublue from Toronto,
Canada wrote:

This plant is doing very well in our garden... not a dramatic plant but an excellent background addition which attracts butterflies and adds a beautiful 'misty' look to the garden. Ours in planted in part sun/part shade (Toronto)


On Jul 5, 2006, LadyCleo from Plainfield, NJ (Zone 6b) wrote:

I have 2 eupatorium growing in a shady moist border here in zone 6b and I love them. This dark distant woodland edge of my property also has a spectacular ligularia (the Rocket), some bright green (Lime Rickey Heuchera) and gold foamy bells (Heucherella Strike It Rich Girl), chinese wild ginger, and a couple of who-knows-what-kind of little cypress. The narrow (3-6') border bed is flanked by a 25' holly and a mature hedge of forthysia. The Joe Pye Weed and Ligularia complement each other's bloom colors and add dramatic, bold vertical interest. The height of these plants does not reach it's full potential probably due to the low light, but 4-6' punctuaction above the varied colors and texture of the lower growing plants is ideal for this area.
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On Aug 29, 2004, jnn from Chapel Hill, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

We first planted this in our front bed where it would get full sun, but it kept wilting on us, so we've moved it to a more shady area and it is doing much better. This is our first year with the plant so I can't say if I like it or not yet.


On Jun 1, 2004, vagardener from Springfield, VA wrote:

I ran across this species of joe pye's weed while searching for the purpureum at several garden centers in Northern Virginia. They were half hidden under a table displaying other sun loving perennials. I needed a tall plant in a sunny border to tower over black eyed susans and ornamental grasses. I hope they fit the bill. I planted them several weeks ago and they seem to be adjusting nicely.