Go Back Joe Pye Weed Little Joe

Eupatorium dubium 'Little Joe'
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Plant Type: Perennials

Joe Pye Weed has long been used in large gardens and parks to attract butterflies in late summer and fall. However, most varieties grow very large and are difficult to incorporate into the average home garden. Scaled down for city gardens, this compact selection looks similar to E. 'Purpureum' but is half the size. Large, domed, panicles of mauve-purple flowers on dark purple-red stems. At a height of only 3-4 feet, it easily fits into the middle to rear of the flower border or even in large containers. They attract butterflies in droves (Monarchs love this plant!). This plant is also nice for adding color in the garden at a time when many other plants are finished for the season.

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Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Grow eupatorium in either full sun or partial shade. Well-drained soil is a must for this plant. Moist to average soil is fine as long as there is good drainage. Plants should be cut all the way back after they are finished flowering. They may be propagated by division in the spring or fall by cutting the base into equal sized root clumps and quickly replanting the divisions before the roots dry out. Caution: all parts of this plant are poisonous if ingested.

Flower Color


Foliage Color


Plant Spread

2-3 ft.

Good Companions

Bee Balm (Monarda ), Butterfly Bush (Buddleia), Coneflower (Echinacea ), Grass-Ornamental (Pennisetum orientale), Iris-Siberian (Iris sibirica), Loosestrife-Variegated (Lysimachia punctata), Phlox-Tall Garden (Phlox paniculata), Stonecrop-Variegated Autumn (Sedum )

Plant Height

3-4 ft.

Scape Height

Hardness Zone


Soil Moisture

Average and consistent water needs

Characteristics & Attributes


Container, Mass Plant, Border, Cut flower or foliage

Bloom Time

Late summer to early fall

Critter Resistance

Deer resistant


Full sun to part shade

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