Coastal Joe-Pye weed (Eutrochium dubium) Seeds
Learn more on our Coastal Joe-Pye weed plant profile page.
Habitat: Sunny wetlands — streamsides, pond edges, roadside ditches, and wet meadows.
This Maine native’s dramatic summer blooming wildflower is covered with dusty pink flat-topped flower clusters relished by butterflies and bees. Seeds provide late season food for songbirds. An excellent garden plant as well as for naturalizing in wet areas and rain gardens. Grows 4–6'.
Germination Code: B
Sow Coastal Joe-Pye weed seeds outdoors in fall or winter. They need a winter or cold period to germinate.
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Each seed package carries a specific germination code along with the plant description. These codes indicate specific sowing instructions.
- A Seeds can be sown outdoors in fall or early spring.
- B Seeds need a winter or cold period to germinate. Sow outdoors in fall or winter.
- C Seeds need light to germinate; sow on soil surface and leave uncovered.
- D Seeds need alternating cycles of warm-to-cold-to-warm to germinate. They can be sown either outdoors in spring or summer and will germinate the following year or in a flat in a warm place for 3 months, then moved to a refrigerator for 2 months, then moved outside in the early summer warmth.
- E Seeds can not be allowed to dry out. Sow immediately.
- F Seeds take two years to germinate. Sow outside in the fall or winter and look for germination in the second spring. A shady location prevents the flats from rapid drying and reduces weeding
- G Large seeds should be soaked overnight in water.
- FERN: Sow spores in a warm bright location in a sealed container and keep moist. Directions enclosed with package. Challenging.
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All seeds can be sown and placed outdoors in fall or winter bypassing the need for an artificial indoor cold stratification (refrigerator) required for some species when planted in spring. This is the simplest method. See How to Grow Natives From Seed for detailed instructions.