Joe Pye Weed – 8/15/18

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 8/15/18

Observation Time: 1:10 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 goes by the common name Joe Pye weed, 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.

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Spicebush swallowtail butterflies and monarch butterflies were feeding on Joe Pye weed blossoms that day: