Joe Pye Weed
Joe Pye Weed, Little Joe
Joe Pye was reported to be an Indian herbalist in the New England area and may have used this particular plant to treat his patients. The leaves when dried,crushed, and burned have been used to repel flies. Joe Pye Weed comes in dwarf and very tall varieties, however Eupatorium dubium is a dwarf variety. Use caution when purchasing as some varieties can grow to 12 feet tall.
July to September
Rain gardens, moist areas in boarders, cottage gardens, natural areas
USDA zone 4-9
Will spread by self-seeding
Full sun to part shade
Medium to wet, prefers a humusy soil, but will tolerate moist sandy to gravely soil. The plant should not be allowed to dry out.
Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain
Native primarily to sandy swamps, riverbanks and moist thickets in Eastern North America
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