Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium)

Joe Pye Weed Plant Features

One thing you can say about Joe Pye weed, it's not subtle. This big, bold bloomer dominates the late summer garden with its fantastic dark foliage and white flower heads that attract butterflies from miles around. Joe Pye weed comes in standard forms that can grow 6 feet tall and more compact varieties grow about 3 feet tall. This rugged native perennial is a sun worshipper that loves rich, slightly moist soil. It's super hardy and easy to grow, but Joe Pye weed can spread so plant it where you can control it's bullish behavior. If you have an untamed hillside or meadow, Joe Pye weed can help, quickly taking over unwelcome weeds. Hardy from zones 4-10.

Note: Botanists have reclassified several Joe Pye weeds, so you may also see them as Eutrochium instead of Eupatorium. 

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Joe Pye Weed Growing Instructions

Plant Joe Pye weed in a spot that receives at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sun a day. Although the plants are drought resistant, Joe Pye weed prefers a slightly moist soil. Plant Joe Pye weed where it can be prevented from spreading into neighboring flower beds. 

Joe Pye weed is not intended for human or animal consumption.
  • Water

    Medium water needs

  • Light

    Outside: Sun

  • Colors



  • Special Features

    Attracts butterflies

    Colorful foliage

    Deer/rabbit resistant

    Super-easy to grow

Complement your Joe Pye Weed

Black-Eyed Susan
Black-eyed Susan and Joe Pye weed create the perfect marriage of color and height in a sunny border.

The spectacular bloom spikes of Hollyhock and the dark leaves and white flowers of Joe Pye weed look good together.

Sunflower, Perennial
The tall sunny flowers of Perennial Sunflower provide an eye-catching contrast to the dark foliage of Joe Pye weed.

Our favorite varieties

Baby Joe

Baby Joe

Eupatorium dubium 'Baby Joe'

Baby Joe is a dwarf variety that attracts tons of butterflies in late summer and early autumn with its large clusters of dusty-pink flowers. It grows only 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide. Zones 3-8



Eupatorium 'Phantom'

Phantom Joe Pye Weed is a dwarf selection that fits better in gardens than the wild type. Growing only 4 feet tall and 2 feet wide, it blooms in late summer and autumn with clusters of lavender-pink flowers. Zones 4-8