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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. video


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. :)