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Regional Picks: Large-Leaved Perennials – Southern Plains

Fine Gardening - Issue 161

‘Little Joe’ Joe Pye Weed

Name: Eutrochium dubium ‘Little Joe’

USDA hardiness zones: 3 to 9

Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide

Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; rich, moist, well-drained soil

If you are looking for a native plant that’s a butterfly magnet but you don’t have room for the tall species of Joe Pye weed, try this dwarf selection. ‘Little Joe’ is still a tall accent in a small naturalized or cottage garden, but it doesn’t take up space like its 7-foot-tall cousin. Although smaller, ‘Little Joe’ is a sturdy presence with its strong stems and 6-inch-long, whorled, dark green leaves. Mauve or light purple blossoms begin in midsummer and continue blooming for the rest of the season. ‘Little Joe’ is a nectar source beloved by butterflies and other pollinators. ‘Little Joe’ can also be grown as the centerpiece of a large container.


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