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Joe Pye Weed

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Scientific Name:

Eupatorium dubium

Common Name(s):

Joe-Pye Weed
Photo by Tracie Bowers

Joe Pye Weed, Little Joe

Herbaceous perennial

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.

1-4 feet

Flowering Period:
July to September

Flower Color:

Rain gardens, moist areas in boarders, cottage gardens, natural areas


Joe Pye Weed

Joe Pye Weed
Photo by Tracie Bowers

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

Pollinator(s) Attracted:
Bees, Butterflies

Page by Tracie Bowers EMGV

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