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 The agency is also asking people to plant and encourage the planting of good nectar sources like red clover, foxglove, bee balm, and joe-pye weed to give the besieged honey bees a boost. Smriti Rao, Discover Magazine, 26 Mar. 2010 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

1818, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of joe-pye weed was in 1818

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“Joe-pye weed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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