This week’s plant is in honor of our show producer Joe Strecker. It is Eupatorium purpureum, or commonly known as Joe-Pye Weed (actually named after a Native American Herbalist Joe-Pye). Here is an amazing plant that is an herb, a wildflower, and butterfly plant, and a great perennial for the perennial garden. A bold perennial (although newer selections can be smaller in height), Joe produces attractive foliage with huge puffy purple flower heads overhead in mid to late summer (not to be mistaken for ‘Ironweed’). Great in containers, beds, borders / Prefers moist soils, but will tolerate drought as well / sun to part sun / 2-6 feet tall / deer resistant / easy to grow. Also look for newer selections like: ‘Chocolate’ with white fuzzy flowers – ‘Gateway’ and ‘Little Joe’ which stay more compact (purple flowers) – Hardy ageratum (Eupatorium coelstinum) with fuzzy purple blue flowers like ageratum.