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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Joe-Pye Weed and Swallowtail Butterfly

Add ImageOne of the new flowers I was introduced to in our move to Western Pennsylvania is Joe-Pye Weed. What a name! Joe Pye is alleged to have been a Native American healer who used the plant to treat typhoid fever.
It grows around our pond and in our fields like a weed, but really its a wildflower. It gets quite tall and is very attractive to butterflies, as you can see. The swallowtails are quite abundant right now.


Feral Female said...

Beautiful images!

Amy Lagerquist said...

We have a garden variety of Joe Pye in our front perennial bed, and I really like it. It's actually one of the few perennials in that bed I'll make a home for when we redo the front yard. :)