Eupatorium dubium 'Little Joe' - Dwarf Joe Pye Weed
Eupatorium dubium 'Little Joe' - Dwarf Joe Pye Weed
Eupatorium dubium 'Little Joe' - Dwarf Joe Pye Weed
Eupatorium dubium 'Little Joe' - Dwarf Joe Pye Weed
Eupatorium dubium 'Little Joe' - Dwarf Joe Pye Weed
Eupatorium dubium 'Little Joe' - Dwarf Joe Pye Weed

Eupatorium dubium 'Little Joe' - Dwarf Joe Pye Weed

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Butterfly FriendlyFull SunDeer ResistantRain GardenPart Shade
Dwarf Joe Pye Weed
Eutrochium dubium 'Little Joe' synonymous Eupatorium dubium 'Little Joe'

Big clusters of mauve-pink flowers are almost always covered with butterflies. Keep your camera handy because it's common to see two or three different types of butterflies dining at one time. Whorled leaves on sturdy stems make this plant attractive even when it's not in bloom. Similar to E. purpureum, but more tolerant of light shade.

  • Attracts butterflies, especially swallowtails and monarchs
  • Fragrant flowers with long bloom period
  • Compact size is good for smaller spaces
  • Old stems provide winter cover for beneficial insects
  • Grows in dry to damp soils in sun to partial shade
  • Fluffy seed heads provide nesting materials for birds

Native Range

Wet meadows, marshes and shores, within 100 miles of the Atlantic coast; southern coastal Maine to southern New York and south along the coastal plain to the Carolinas.

Map Credit: The Biota of North America 
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)



At 3' to 4' tall, this dwarf Joe Pye weed is shorter than many of its cousins so you can actually watch butterflies working the flowers.



Leaves may scorch if plants get too dry so the soil should stay evenly moist. While the flower heads last a long time, this is one perennial that does not re-bloom if you remove spent blossoms so leave old flower heads on the plant and let them go to seed. The fluffy seed heads are pretty and provide nesting material for birds. Leave the stems standing through winter to provide cover for beneficial insects.


Mature Size: 36-48" Tall x 36-48" Wide

Hardiness Zone: 4-9

Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade

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    A Special Note About Exposure

    Full sun: Prefers six or more hours of direct sunshine a day
    Partial shade: Thrives in three to six hours of daily sunshine
    Shade: Generally does well with less than three hours of sun per day. Having said that even shade loving plants will struggle in extremely deep shade.


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