J is for Joe Pye Weed, Eutrochium purpureum. Joe Pye Weed is one of the plants I have chosen for my new garden because it tolerates wet clay sites so well that it can be used as part of a rain garden. But that is not the only reason.
Many people considered Joe Pye Weed as nothing more than a road side weed. However, nowadays we realize that this native plant with its showy tall flower inflorescences in shades of purple is an important nectar plant for butterflies. This spring I planted a Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) because it is an important plant for the spicebush swallowtail. Spicebush swallowtails will also enjoy Joe Pye Weed, as will other swallowtail butterfly varieties
Joe Pye will form a large clump and it cannot do this fast enough to suit me.
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