Joe Pye Weed – Eupatorium purpureum

Joe Pye Weed

Joe Pye is a plant native to Eastern North America. It was given that name for a Native American man who treated people for kidney stones with this. The plant is so well known for this use that one of it’s other common names is Gravel Root.

The stem is hollow and the Cherokee Indians used this plant as a straw. The fruit yields a pink to red dye. Some people believe it has an apple scent, yet others believe the crushed leaves to smell like vanilla.

It is an easy plant to grow, requiring full sun to full shade; dry soil, but moisture retentive to having wet feet! It grows well from seed, and has no problem being planted once seedlings are large enough to place out.


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