Eupatorium maculatum ‘Gateway’ Atropurpureum Group

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Outstanding Qualities

From the wildflower meadows of the Eastern U.S. comes this tall and bold perennial, Eupatorium maculatum (Atropurpureum Group) 'Gateway.' The cultivar was selected for a more compact habit and intense flower color and sturdy stems. The strong upright stems are richly colored in deep merlot red holding in architectural whorls rich green foliage. Large billowy flowers open to dusky rose-pink in midsummer and are irresistible to butterflies. In late summer flowers give way to attractive seed heads, which persist well into winter. Use as a single dramatic specimen or in small groups for a huge impact, great for the back of the perennial border. The dusky flowers look great with tall ornamental grasses, white and yellow summer blooming perennials or variegated foliage.

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: gold, silver, chartreuse

Great Color Partners: lavender, pink, cream

Culture Notes

This tall perennial is easily grown in rich well-drained to wet soils and will tolerate heavy clay. The best flowering is in full sun, but it will tolerate light or open shade. Regular summer watering is important to develop the largest and showiest blooms. When grown in full sun, plants often require no pruning or staking. In fall cut back to the ground.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 7 ft. 0 in. (2.13 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 8

Flower Color: purple

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: regular summer watering is important