Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Spotted Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatoriadelphus maculatus) (Synonym: Eupatorium maculatum): Images

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July 21, 2010 Southeastern, New Hampshire I‘ve been spotting a lot of Spotted Joe-Pye Weed lately. It grows near moist/wet areas. Spotted Joe-Pye Weed has redish-pink flowers that make the top of the plant look fuzzy when they open up. Each flowerhead has 10-16 flowers. The leaves grow in whorls of 4-5. The leaves are sharply toothed and the leaf veins are pinnately divided. The stem is purple or spotted purple with hairs above.

Other common Joe-Pye Weed species include: Sweet Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatoriadelphus purpureum / Eupatorium purpureum) which has dark purple on the stem only at the nodes, the leaves have a vanilla scent when crushed, there are fewer flowers per flowerhead (4-7), flowers are dull pale/pink (less dark in color), leaves are in whorls of 3-4, stem often covered with slight whitish bloom and the plant tends to grow in slightly drier locations; Hollow Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatoriadelphus fistulosus / Eupatorium fistulosum) which has a hollow stem, 4-7 leaves in whorls (often 6 leaves), narrow, lance-shapped, sharply toothed leaves, but finer teeth than other Joe-Pye Weeds; Coastal Plain Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatoriadelphus dubius / Eupatorium dubium) which has 3-veined leaves and the base of the leaf narrows abruptly. It grows up to 40 inches tall.
Date Location Notes Images
June 28, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire