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Eupatorium dubium 'Little Joe' (Joe Pye weed)

Eupatorium dubium 'Little Joe' PP16122

Joe Pye weed

(syn. Eutrochium dubium 'Little Joe')

Selected by Steve Lighty while at The Conard-Pyle Co., this dimunitive Joe Pye has the vivid color of 'Gateway' at a height more appropriate for small gardens. 'Little Joe 'is also more compact in a container too.

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4-5 Feet


1-3 Feet


24 Inches

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 5-9

Joe Pye weed Interesting Notes

Eupatorium dubium ‘Little Joe’ is a selection discovered by Steve Lighty at Conrad-Pyle Nursery down the road. There it was, settled among other seedlings of Eupatorium dubium, noticeably different from its upright and compact stature, lavender-mauve flowers, and drought tolerance. Covered in dusty pink blooms in late July through September, ‘Little Joe’ is a fantastic scale for the garden or in a container and has become an industry standard when a Eupatorium is needed in a designed setting. Coming in at 4’-5’ high, it spreads slowly to 3’ wide over a few years. One of the top-rated Eupatoriums evaluated by the Chicago Botanic Garden; ‘Little Joe’ has excellent flower power, disease resistance, and habit.

The straight species, Eupatorium dubium, originates from coastal areas along the East coast, from Maine to Florida. Preferring moist sites in full sun, this plant can be found in moist meadows, wet fields, and shores of rivers or lakes. ‘Little Joe’ performs well in average to rich soil in full sun to light shade conditions. It is important that this plant does not fully dry out – drought conditions will lead to withered leaves and an unkempt appearance.

Recently, Eupatorium was redefined taxonomically and Eupatorium dubium is now known as Eutrochium dubium. In the trade, however, joe-pye weed is still commonly referred to as Eupatorium.

‘Little Joe’, like many other Eupatorium, is covered in pollinators while in bloom. Additionally, the flowers are wonderful for cut flower arrangements and the seedheads are attractive when dried. 

Eupatorium dubium 'Little Joe' Growing and Maintenance Tips

Thrives in moist, fertile soils. If soil should dry out, the leaves may appear scorched. This prairie plant is easily propagated by seed, cuttings, division and may also be transplanted in spring. Cut back in early spring and fertilize to promote bushier growth. May be used as a backround plant in border gardens, in meadows and in areas in which it may naturalize. Cut back after winter's end. Hollow stems are good solitary bee nesting material - if possible, leave 6-18" of stem up for nesting bees. 

Good Substitutions

Joe Pye weed Eupatorium purpureum 'FLOREUPRE1'
Joe Pye weed Eupatorium purpureum ssp. maculatum 'Gateway'
Joe Pye weed Eupatorium 'Phantom'

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Cut Flower
Cut Flower

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Green Infrastructure
Bioretention/Rain Garden
Wetland Indicator Status
Falcutative Wetland (FACW)
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
For Animals
Caution: Toxic
Clay Tolerance
Native to North America
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Propagation Type