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Baby Joe Joe-Pye Weed
The florets range every shade of purple all on the same plant!
35620.jpgBaby Joe Weed

Baby Joe Joe-Pye Weed

Bareroot
Item # 35620
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Airy Purple Blooms on a Vigorous Body

'Baby Joe' is a fine selection of Eupatorium with a compact form.
Plant Patent # 20,320.

Eupatorium grows naturally as a wildflower throughout the eastern US. Commonly known as Joe Pye Weed, these vigorous plants bear lush flowerheads full of purple florets, including every color tone from a light lavender to a deep royal purple. While the flower heads are of cutflower quality, Eupatorium gets called a 'Weed' because of its leggy habit and vigorous, sometimes invasive nature.

Eupatorium Dubium 'Baby Joe' was selected for its more compact, well-behaved habit. The shorter stems keep this Eupatorium from flopping and create a more dignified form in the bed or the back of the border. 'Baby Joe' grows to about 24 inches high and 18 inches wide, and will naturalize through its roots (just slower than its big, brutish cousins).

'Baby Joe' blooms the first year if the seed is sown early enough, and will naturalize freely to increase its glorious show year after year. It is superb for mixed beds and borders, but you may want to plant it in a setting where it can spread. The cut flowers are excellent in the vase, too!

Asking only full sun and frequent watering, 'Baby Joe' grows easily and flourishes in most settings! Butterflies flock to it, while deer turn their noses up. Zones 3 to 9.

Genus Eupatorium
Species dubium
Variety 'Baby Joe'
Item Form Bareroot
Zone 3 - 9
Bloom Season Mid Summer - Late Fall
Habit Upright
Plant Height 24 in
Plant Width 18 in
Additional Characteristics Bloom First Year, Flower, Native
Bloom Color Lavender, Purple
Foliage Color Dark Green
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Deer Resistance, Humidity Tolerant
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Beds, Border, Cut Flowers, Ornamental, Outdoor
Restrictions Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

The dry, sparse appearance of bareroot perennials can be alarming to the novice gardener, but in reality ordering bare root is often the smarter choice. Foliage and blooms can be seductive, but the health and long-term potential of a plant truly lies in its roots. Bareroot plants have several advantages over plants in containers—bare roots are less likely to be harmed in the shipping process, their timing is easier to control, and they are field-grown for larger, healthier root systems. This why Wayside Gardens has had great success with bare root plants, and you can too!

It is safer to ship plants in bareroot form because there is no risk in harming new growth, and therefore the plant actually has a better chance of making it safely into the customer’s garden.

And thanks to refrigerated storage, the timing of bareroot perennials can be precisely controlled. “(Bareroot perennials) are dormant,” explains JPPA Lead Horticulturist Benjamin Chester, “But as soon as they leave the refrigerated storage they’ll begin breaking dormancy.” And once the plant ‘wakes up’, it is ready to begin the growing season in earnest, which means it will quickly catch up to the level of container plants.

The most important benefit of bareroot perennials is that they can be field grown rather than confined to containers. The bareroot Cherry Cheesecake Hibiscus pictured hereperfectly illustrates the difference between a field-grown perennial and a containerized one. Wayside Gardens used to offer this variety in a quart container, like the Monarda next to it. But the Hibiscus was simply too cramped in that space, so Wayside switched to growing it in the earth and selling it bare root. The result is a thick, fibrous mass of roots that used to fill up several cubic feet of soil and which, even in its bare, pruned form would be too large to fit back into the 1 Quart container. What a difference a little space makes! While small and slow-growing cultivars can start well in containers, large and vigorous cultivars need more room to stretch out and develop a solid root system.