joe-pye weed

noun
\ ˈjō-ˈpī- How to pronounce joe-pye weed (audio) \

Definition of joe-pye weed

: any of several tall North American perennial composite herbs (especially Eupatorium maculatum and E. purpureum) with whorled leaves and corymbose heads of typically purplish tubular flowers

Examples of joe-pye weed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many species of caterpillars exclusively eat milkweed leaves, and butterflies consume nectar from natives, including wild bergamots, yarrows and joe-pye weed. Washington Post, 4 Apr. 2022 But also hickory, chestnut, elms and birches, and joe-pye weed, aster, marsh marigold, skunk cabbage, snakeweed. Matthew Cicanese And Erika Reiter, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of joe-pye weed

1818, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for joe-pye weed

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“Joe-pye weed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/joe-pye%20weed. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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