Common Name: Joe Pye Weed
Height: 2-3 Feet
Spread: 1-2 Feet
Flower Color: Purple shades
Foliage Color: Green shades
Hardiness Zone: 3,4,5,6,7,8
Sun or Shade?: Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun) Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?: Average water needs Consistent water needs
Want to see wings?: Attracts butterflies
Deer resistant plants
How fast should it grow?: Medium
When should it bloom?: Midsummer Late summer Early fall
Looking for seasonal interest?: Attractive Seed Heads
How's your soil?: Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?: Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0) Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
What's your garden style?: Woodland/Shade Rain Garden Eclectic
Joe Pye Weed has long been used in large gardens and parks to attract butterflies in late summer and fall. However, most Eupatoriums grow very large and are difficult to incorporate into the average home garden.
‘Baby Joe’ PP20320 offers the same look as the commonly grown variety ‘Purpurea’ but at a much smaller scale, making it easy to fit into the middle of the flower border or even into large containers. It looks very much like a miniature version of the original, with its sturdy dark purple-red stems, rugose dark green foliage, and large panicles of mauve-purple flowers. They attract butterflies in droves.
This plant is also nice for adding color in the garden at a time when many other plants are finished for the season. If left standing, the seed heads offer visual interest through the winter.