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Joe Pye weed

Eupatorium dubium 'Little Joe'

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

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

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

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

  • Genus : Eupatorium
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Bloom Time : Early Fall, Fall, Late Summer, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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