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Joe-pye Weed (Eupatorium maculatum)

The Joe-pye Weed grows in moist places, though well drained, and can be quite a large plant with stout stems that can push its crown, an inflorescence of a flat cluster of pink flowers, upwards to six feet. The plant does not come into flower until about half way through the summer. Audubon writes: Folklore tells that an Indian, "Joe Pye," used this plant to cure fevers and that early American colonists used it to treat an outbreak of typhus."

An image of Joe Pye Weed
An image of Joe Pye Weed
An image of Joe Pye Weed
An image of Joe Pye Weed

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Peter Landry

2011