Joe Pye weed

Eupatorium dubium 'Little Joe'

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Joe Pye weed (Eupatorium dubium 'Little Joe')
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Genus:  Eupatorium

'Little Joe' is a dwarf cultivar of a species of our native Joe Pye weed. It can reach 3 or 4 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide, and it has the familiar large domes of lavender-pink flowers that attract lots of butterflies in late summer and early fall. Its smaller size makes it a better fit in moist borders, beds, meadows, or roadside plantings.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

A smaller Joe Pye with the same domes of lavender flowers loved by butterflies. U.S. native.

Care: 

Grow in full sun or part shade in average to moist soil with good drainage.

Propagation: 

Sow seeds in a cold frame or divide plants, both in spring.

Problems: 

Snails, slugs, rust, white smut, leaf spots, Southern blight.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Native,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Fall,
Fall,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Niagara
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Roadside
Style
Cottage Garden,
Meadow Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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