Really lovin' my 'Little Joe'

aachenelf z5 MplsAugust 19, 2014

But he ain't so little any more.

The first 3 years I had this plant, it stayed at around 2 1/2 feet tall. This year, it shot up to around 4 1/2 feet tall so I assume it is now established. Anyway, love the flower color, love the foliage, love the fact it requires NO staking for such a tall plant and the bees are simply all over it all the time.

Still wish I could find a Eupatorium that stayed under 3 feet.

Kevin

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rouge21_gw(5)

Of course your LJ looks wonderful planted next to your water feature. I take it you like the pond Kevin?

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 4:41PM
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aachenelf z5 Mpls

I go back and forth about the pond. Let's just say the novelty has worn off. I'm not sure it will be there a few years from now.

Kevin

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 4:47PM
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rouge21_gw(5)

Does LJ benefit from that water at all? (As I recall doesn't Eupatorium do best with more than average water?)

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 4:53PM
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aachenelf z5 Mpls

Nope. The pond doesn't contribute any moisture to the surrounding soil, but since it's close to the pond and close to the front of my garden it probably gets more waterings from me.

Yes, LJ does like regular moisture. When I had it planted in a drier area of the garden it didn't do well.

Kevin

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 5:20PM
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gardenweed_z6a

Beautiful, Kevin - TFS. I don't grow LJ or the species due to their height; doesn't work with my landscape or garden design. Tallest thing I grow is butterfly bush, and I only grow that for the obvious reasons.

Still wish I could find a Eupatorium that stayed under 3 feet.

Yep, me too, as well as one that didn't seed itself around at will. From what I've observed over the years, they seem to have quite a bit of will.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 9:26PM
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ladygladys(z5b/6a NEPA)

Beautiful pics, Kevin! I have some Joe Pye Weed seeds that I will wintersown this winter. I hope mine ends up as pretty as yours did!

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 9:37PM
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aachenelf z5 Mpls

You know, I've never found a seedling from this plant. Maybe I'm too aggressive with the hoe in spring or maybe I cut everything back too early in the fall once we have a freeze.

Kevin

This post was edited by aachenelf on Tue, Aug 19, 14 at 21:54

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 9:52PM
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christinmk z5b eastern WA

I'm also a huge fan of LJ! I've had mine for seven years or so and it has always stayed around 3.5 feet for me. My soil tends to be on the lean side by nature, so perhaps a contributing factor for its continued short-ness?

E. 'Baby Joe' is reputed to be even smaller than LJ...haven't tried it myself to confirm this tho!
CMK

Here is a link that might be useful: E. 'Baby Joe'

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 1:32AM
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phlowerpower(5)

I like my little joe too, planted just last fall. I think I enjoyed it most in late spring. The growing foliage with dark stems was quite striking, IMO. Mine will probably get moved this fall as I rework several areas if the garden.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 11:34AM
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growlove(zone4 Ia.)

I only have the large Joe Pye, but control it by clipping it in half each year. Perhaps some trimming would help control the height in Little Joe also?

    Bookmark   September 28, 2014 at 2:08PM
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twrosz

This is my third year with 'Baby Joe' and it has never failed to impress. The young new growth has such nice color and texture that everyone remarks of its beauty and the plant just continues on looking great all season. Oh, and yes, its height is about 3 ft in my deeply dug and amended garden soil. Next spring, 'Baby Joe' will be divided and spread around to numerous locations throughout my yard, did I mention that I LOVE this plant! Seeing aachenelf's beautiful photo of 'Little Joe' makes me realize I must also get this one!

'Baby Joe' autumn foliage shot

    Bookmark   September 28, 2014 at 5:16PM
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