Joe what weed?…

Joe-Pye weed-Eupatorium purpureum-dots the landscape in the Eastern and Northern parts of the U.S. this time of year, staying til frost. It likes low moist areas,wooded slopes, wet meadows growing up to 2.1 m(7′) and spreading out from .6m to 1.2m(2-4′).It’s flowers are  shaggy,mauve pink color and grows in colonies. The story is that it got it’s name from an Native American who used it to cure typhus in the 1800’s. Modern uses include making tea from it’s flowers. Also this plant can be used as an ornamental in the garden to add color to this time of year.

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pic by td-thanks to missouribotanicalgarden.org and ediblewildfood.com-thanks for reading!