Eupatorium dubium

Three-nerved Joe Pye or aka Eutrochium dubium

Tips for Homeowners:

Eupatorium dubium is a good Accent Plant for a Wildlife Garden or moist Meadow. Plants are also used as Butterfly Nectar Plants, Cut Flowers or as part of a Grouping or Mass Planting.   This wildflower has Showy Blooms and provides Erosion Control.  It can be used in Cottage Gardens, Deer Resistant Plantings, Rain Gardens, Water-wise Landscapes, Low Maintenance Plantings, Perennial Borders, Shade Gardens, Wetlands and on Roadsides.

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  • A mutation of the popular Joe Pye Weed grows only 2-4 feet tall.
  • More appropriate for small gardens.
  • Same color as 'Gateway', native to the eastern U.S.
  • Sun/pt.shade.

Height: 2-4 ft
Spread: 2 ft
Spacing: 3-4 ft

Zone: 4-8
Color: Lavender Pink

Interesting Notes about Eupatorium dubium:

Taxonomists recently changed the name of this species to Eutrochium dubium.

Joe Pye was reported to be an 18th or 19th century naturalist or herbalist from New England.  He is said to have cured people of typhus fever by using Eupatorium spp. roots to induce sweating.

Characteristics & Attributes

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Pollinators
  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Attracts Songbirds


  • Summer Bloomer
  • Native
  • Long Blooming
  • Naturalizing
  • RainGarden
  • Cut Flower/Foliage


  • Sun/ pt.shade

Foliage Color:

  • Green

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Spring
  • Fall
  • Summer

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water
  • Moist, Well-Drained

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