Joe Pye Weed – 6/13/20

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 6/13/20

Observation Time:  5:20 p.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Joe Pye Weed

Scientific Name: Eupatorium purpureum

Comments: Joe Pye Weed is an herbaceous, late-blooming perennial native to much of the U.S. It is a wildflower and an herb that was used as an herbal remedy to lower fevers and other maladies. The plant is named after a Native American herbalist. The lance-shaped leaves grow in whorls around the otherwise green stem which is purple where the leaves attach.

Butterflies feed on the flowers of Joe Pye weed when they bloom in late summer.

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