The Sweet Joe Pye Weed in our landscape is in full bloom right now. A favorite nectar plant for many butterflies and bees. The black swallowtail butterflies seem to prefer it over any other plant.
The flower heads can be very large, the one in this photo is around 12 inches in width. The tiny individual flowers are thin petaled and wispy. Grouped together in the branched cluster, the flower heads make quite a statement.
The toothed leaves are arranged in whorls around the stem and are a favorite perch for tree frogs. Sweet Joe Pye is a very tall plant reaching heights of 6 feet or more. It is an excellent native to use in perennial borders.
Sweet Joe Pye Weed is an important source of nectar for the Monarch Butterfly too in our area, as it prepares for its migration southwards.
If you are like the height and form of Joe Pye Weed but have drier soils, I would try this species.
Sweet Joe Pye Weed is native to eastern North America, see map below for range.
|Kartesz, J.T., The Biota of North America Program (BONAP).|
2011. North American Plant Atlas. Chapel Hill, N.C.