Now Eupatorium is normally a tall plant for the back of the border, but this more compact variety is suitable for the smaller garden or even a container. Baby Joe forms a bushy clump of coarse dark green leaves topped in late summer into autumn by clouds of fluffy magenta pink flowers which will be enjoyed by bees and butterflies. Sun or semi-shade. Any reasonable soil. To 30 in. 1 litre pot.

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Easy. Just cut back to ground level in early winter.

There is also a variety called Little Joe which is, as you might expect, a bit taller than this one but not as big as a classic Joe Pye Weed.

Taxonomy can drive you mad sometimes. A lot of plants that we used to call Eupatorium have been reclassified under Ageratina, and now we find that Eupatorium Dubium, of which Baby Joe is a derivative, should in fact be called Eutrochium Dubium. Whatever you call it, this species is native to the eastern parts of the United States, where it is known as Coastal Joe Pye Weed.

Eupatorium Baby Joe is a compact hardy perennial plant with toothed leaves and fluffy pink flowers in late summer and autumn suitable for sun or semi-shade.

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