Blog August 29, 2011
Meet Joe-Pye Weed
In late summer and early fall in provinces across Canada, you can find this valuable wetland plant with its large fragrant pink/purple flowerheads.
Growing up to an impressive 180 cm, Eupatorium maculatum helps stabilize streambanks and is an important nectar source for a wide range of butterflies such as tiger swallowtail, red admiral and pearl crescent. Its species name, maculatum, means "spotted" in reference to the purple-spotted stem.
Legend says that its namesake, Joe Pye, was an American First Nations healer who used the plant to cure fevers.