Eupatorium purpureum 'Little Joe'

Little Joe Joe-Pie-Weed

Categories: Wildflower

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.

More About Eupatorium purpureum 'Little Joe'

  • Huge butterfly attractant
  • a shorter version of Joe Pie Weeds

Eupatorium dubium is a little-known dwarf species of Joe-Pye weed, native in moist soils from Maine south to South Carolina. In appearance, Eupatorium dubium is similar to Eupatorium purpureum, but is more tolerant of light shade. Eupatorium dubium 'Little Joe' was discovered by Steve Lighty at the Conard-Pyle Nursery in Pennsylvania. The 4' tall stems are clothed with whorls of green leaves and topped in midsummer with dome-shaped heads of lavender flowers... a real bonanza for keeping butterflies at eye level. 

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2-3 ft


2-4 ft

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Eupatorium purpureum 'Little Joe' Characteristics


  • Dried Flower
  • Native to Northeast
  • Mass Plant
  • Bog
  • Specimen
  • Border
  • Good for Naturalizing
  • Cut Flower / or Foliage

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant
  • Rabbit Resistant


  • Part Sun/Part Shade
  • Does best in full sun

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Nature Attraction

  • Butterflies

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Summer
  • Late Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Fall

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Average
  • Moist

Flower Color

  • Pink
  • Purple


  • Upright
  • Clumping