joe-pye weed

\ 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

First Known Use of joe-pye weed

1818, in the meaning defined above

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“Joe-pye weed.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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