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Little Joe Dwarf Joe Pye Weed

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Compact growth habit compared to the species, ideal for smaller gardens; features fluffy plumes of mauve-pink flowers, attractive leaves and strong stems; tasty seeds for birds and nectar for butterflies

Characteristics

Species:
maculatum
Other Species Names:
Eupatorium purpureum, Boneset
Average Landscape Height:
3 feet (4 feet with the flowers)
Average Landscape Width:
3 feet
Genus:
Eupatorium
Cultivar:
Little Joe
Branching:
herbaceous
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
low
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
spring cleanup
Spacing:
24 inches
Flower Color:
pink
Flower Bud Color:
fuchsia
Flower Fragrance:
medium
Flower Period:
from late summer to late fall
Summer Foliage Color:
forest green
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Moisture:
wet
Minimum Moisture:
average
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

Ornamental Features

Little Joe Dwarf Joe Pye Weed has masses of beautiful plumes of lightly-scented pink flowers at the ends of the stems from late summer to late fall, which emerge from distinctive fuchsia flower buds, and which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its serrated narrow leaves emerge dark green in spring, turning forest green in color throughout the season. The burgundy stems can be quite attractive.

Landscape Attributes

Little Joe Dwarf Joe Pye Weed is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.

Planting & Growing

Little Joe Dwarf Joe Pye Weed will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity extending to 4 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 3 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 24 inches apart. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 15 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

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