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Joe-Pye Weed

Eupatorium dubium

Joe-Pye weed can grow to 5 feet tall or more. (zen sutherland/Flickr)
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Joe-Pye weed can grow to 5 feet tall or more. (zen sutherland/Flickr)

Joe-Pye weed is a native perennial plant with feathery, pinkish-purple flowers that bloom in mid- to late summer.

Appearance:

  • Clusters of tiny, feathery, pinkish-purple flowers
  • Flowers bloom in July-September
  • Thick, mottled, pink and purple stems
  • Large, toothed leaves arranged in whorls on the stem
  • Grows to 5 feet or taller

Habitat:

  • Found in wetlands and wet areas, including marshes, swamps, bogs, swales, ditches and roadsides
  • Grows in full or partial sun

Range:

  • Grows throughout the entire Chesapeake Bay watershed

Reproduction and Life Cycle:

  • After blooming, flowers mature into a seed head
  • Wind, animals and other natural disturbances spread the seeds
  • New seedlings grow in spring

Other Facts:

  • Attracts bees, birds and butterflies
  • Named after Joe Pye, a 19th century naturalist from New England who is said to have used the plant’s roots to heal typhus fever

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