Eupatorium dubium ‘Little Joe’

Little Joe pye weed

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Outstanding Qualities

This beautiful, more dwarf version of Joe-Pye weed only reaches about 3 to 5 feet tall rather than the typical 7 to 8 feet tall of other Joe-Pye weeds. In mid-summer it is topped with large domes of lavender-rose flowers that the butterflies love. The stems are stout and will stand up to wind and rain and are great in floral arrangements. The bright green foliage is a nice contrast to the colorful flowers. The smaller size and stronger stems make this selection a very useful addition to the garden.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: upright perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 to 9

Flower Color: lavender, purple

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade

Water Requirements: frequent to regular watering

Seasonal Interest: colorful flowers in mid to late summer

Wildlife Associations: bees, butterflies

Resistant to: deer

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: chartreuse, orange, white

Great Color Partners: burgundy, lavender, pink, purple

Culture Notes
Dwarf Joe-Pye weed prefers a location in full sun, but will still flower well in light to open shade. Give it rich moist soil for the best growth, but with regular watering it will tolerate sandy soils and clay. Once the foliage yellows in fall the stems can be cut to the ground.
Geek Notes
Recently moved to the genus Eutrochium as Eutrochium dubium (Willdenow ex Poiret) E. E. Lamont, Sida. 21: 901. 2004.