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Joe-Pye Weed

Eupatorium dubium

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

Joe-Pye weed has clusters of tiny, feathery, pinkish-purple flowers, which bloom in July to September. Its stems are thick, mottled pink and purple. Large, toothed leaves are arranged in whorls on the stem. Joe-Pye weed 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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