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Elegant Feather Dog Fennel

Eupatorium capillifolium 'Elegant Feather'

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Elegant Feather Dog Fennel (Eupatorium capillifolium 'Elegant Feather') at The Growing Place

Elegant Feather Dog Fennel

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Elegant Feather Dog Fennel (Eupatorium capillifolium 'Elegant Feather') at The Growing Place

Elegant Feather Dog Fennel foliage

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Height:  6 feet

Spacing:  30 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Other Names:  Joe Pye Weed, Sneeze Weed


A majestic vertical plant with good height for borders; elegant, feathery fine foliage is bright green and rises up in columns, turning reddish in fall; white flowers are insignificant; this selection is sterile and non-invasive

Ornamental Features

Elegant Feather Dog Fennel is primarily valued in the landscape or garden for its pronouncedly upright and towering form. Its attractive deeply cut threadlike pinnately compound leaves are green in color. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous brick red in the fall. The brick red stems can be quite attractive.

Landscape Attributes

Elegant Feather Dog Fennel is an herbaceous annual with a rigidly upright and towering form. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Elegant Feather Dog Fennel is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Vertical Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Elegant Feather Dog Fennel will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 30 inches apart. It tends to be leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and should be underplanted with lower-growing perennials. This annual will normally live for one full growing season, needing replacement the following year.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Articulation  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form  Bark  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features