Joe Pye Weed
It is found in the Asteraceae, or aster, family.
A wildflower that grows to a height of 6 feet or more. The stems are hollow.
The leaves appear on stalks in whorls of 4 to 7. The margins are scalloped or toothed with pointed tips.
Joe pye weed has large flower heads that are pink in color and appear in the late spring, summer and fall.
It naturally occurs in wet meadows and open areas in woodlands.
Its native range is to AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, and WV. It grows in the north and central part of Florida.
In the home landscape joe pye weed should be planted in natural areas that are wet or retain some moisture. It is best planted in wilder areas of your green space.
The large flower heads are used as a nectar source for butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. Some songbirds, such as the swamp sparrow, eat the seeds.
Can be started by seed, and also transplants.