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Growing Eupatorium

Growing Eupatorium

Baby Joe Eupatorium


Attractive perennials with dark green leaves and large flower clusters that are very attractive to butterflies. Blooms summer to fall. Hardy in zones 4 to 8. Naturally compact Baby Joe Eupatorium (11662) does not require staking or support in the garden and is good for large pots or mixed containers. Seedheads provide winter interest if stems are not cut back. Plant bare root Eupatorium in spring up to 4 to 8 weeks before the last spring frost. Add organic matter like compost to planting hole and mix well. Plant so that the roots are somewhat deeper than when grown in the nursery. 


For full sun to part shade in moist, well-drained soils. Tolerates wet soils, and good around ponds and in rain gardens. Best in cool climates, and dislikes hot, humid climates.  

Fertilizer Recommendations

Use full rates of Algoflash Flowering Plant 4-6-7 Liquid Fertilizer (51087), Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1 (51221), or Osmocote 14-14-14 (51173).

Alternative Products

Another perennial for moist to wet sites is Cardinal Lobelia (13092).  Shrubs for moist to wet soils include Bergeson Compact Dogwood (20329) and Sambucus.

Complimentary Products

Plants are moderate feeders and benefit from occasional fertilization. Other perennials that attract butterflies include Dianthus, Gaillardia, and Garden Phlox.

Eupatorium Facts

Usually free from problems. Rarely affected by aphids or powdery mildew. Plants will suffer leaf burn or scorch when grown in overly dry sites or not well irrigated. A North American native species. 

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