Joe Pye Weed or Eupatorium is a staple plant of a large number of native pollinators and caterpillars. The importance of this plant in our North American native landscape should not be undersold, if you want to attract parasitic wasps to kill pests, bees to pollinate flowers, or caterpillars to grow into butterflies then Joe Pye should be in your garden.
Beyond native appeal, Eupatorium is a beautiful plant, tall strong stems rise among other plants and yield pink/purple flowers similar in color to a redbud tree. These flowers appear late in the season, providing beauty when most other flowers no longer produce. This late season flourish also provides an important banquet for pollinators as they prepare for winter.
We think this particular Eupatorium is special because of its size. Most grow to 6’ tall while this variety grows to only 2-3’ tall and 1-2’ wide. It is the perfect compact size for pairing with other plants and grasses in the garden.
Photo Credit: Ball Horticultural Co
|Bloom Color:||Full heads of pink/purple/red blooms|
|Bloom Period:||Late summer to late fall|
|Genus & Species:||Eupatorium dubium 'Baby Joe' PP20320|
|Mature Height:||2 to 3 ft.|
|Mature Spread:||1 to 2 ft.|
|Plant Spacing:||10 to 18 inches|
|Planting Depth:||Plant even with the soil in pot|
|Planting Time:||Spring or fall planting|
|Soil Type:||Needs moist to wet soil. Tolerates standing water.|
|Sun Exposure:||Full sun to part shade|
|Zone:||3 to 8|
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