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Eupatorium altissimum

tall thoroughwort, tall boneset

Native to North America

Rhizomatacious perennial native to dry upland prairies, open woods, thickets and clearnings.  Native from central-eastern and southeastern US from New York to Florida.  High salt tolerance.  Also deer, drought and junglone tolerant.  Attracts butterflies and pollinators.


2-6 ft


2-3 ft


3-5 ft

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Eupatorium altissimum Characteristics

Attracts Wildlife

  • Butterflies
  • Pollinators


  • East-Coast Native
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Dried Flower
  • Cut Flower
  • Rock Garden
  • Coastal
  • Naturalizing
  • Long Blooming


  • Full Sun to Partial Shade

Deer Resistant

  • Deer Resistant

Flowering Months

  • October
  • September
  • August

Growth Rate

  • Fast

Juglans nigra Tolerance (Black Walnut)

  • Yes

Salt Tolerance

  • High

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Fall
  • Summer

Soil Moisture Preference

  • Dry to Moist

Plants that work well with Eupatorium altissimum ''

Purple coneflower Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
Butterfly weed Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
Black-eyed Susan Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida v. fulgida)
Switch grass Switch grass (Panicum virgatum)
Grass-leaved goldenrod Grass-leaved goldenrod (Solidago graminifolia)

Substitutions for Eupatorium altissimum

Hyssop leaved boneset Hyssop leaved boneset (Eupatorium hyssopifolium)