Eupatorium maculatum 'Baby Joe'
Baby Joe Joe Pye Weed
Details36-48" tall x 24-36" wide ‘Baby Joe’ is a compact selection of the large growing Joe Pye weed. It typically grows as a 3-4’ tall clump making it much more usable in smaller gardens. In late summer the plant blooms with flat topped heads of small, mauve-purple flowers. Flowers are extremely attractive to butterflies and bees of all types. It is also a good choice for rain gardens being tolerant of both wet and dry soil conditions. (cutting propagated)
|Common Name||Baby Joe Joe Pye Weed|
|Botanical Name||Eupatorium dubium Baby Joe|
|Zones||4, 5, 6, 7, 8|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun|
|Mature Height||36-48" tall|
|Mature Spread||24-36" wide|
|Bloom Time||Mid summer to early fall|
|Ships As||Potted Plant|
|Planting Time||Spring / Summer, Fall|
|Soil Type||Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil|
|Amount of Rain||10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40", 40 to 50"|
|Advantages||Attract Butterflies, Bee Friendly|
|Ideal Region||Anywhere In The US, Northeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest|
|Neonicotinoid-Free||Yes - Learn More|
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada||No|
Tips For Growing Eupatorium (Joe Pye Weed)
Eupatorium (Joe Pye Weed) is a genus of native plants that are generally late-season bloomers, with highly attractive, nectar-bearing flowers that are an important late season food source for butterflies and bees.
Preferred growing conditions:
- Plant in most soil types including clay. Place in full to part sun sites. Mulch with any common mulch material to help maintain moist soil .
- Water regularly as these plants don't like dry growing conditions. Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium) is a good choice for rain gardens.
- Deadheading recommended to keep the plants from looking messy at the end of the growing season. It will also prevent excessive re-seeding in damp soil areas.
- Fertilize lightly in the fall with a half and half blend of Yum Yum Mix and good quality compost.
- Eupatorium are very attractive to butterflies. They are late season bloomers that are a valuable nectar source when many perennials are out of bloom.
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- If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
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