Aug 17 2014
These are the tiny flowers of a very large plant.
Joe-Pye Weed is huge — 10 feet tall! — and stands out in any setting. Its small flowers are arranged in large dome-shaped clusters, 6 to 9 inches across, that give dramatic tops to these perennials.
Their size is amazing considering they achieve it in only four months. Click here for a view of the entire plant.
So big and beautiful, I don’t care which one it is.
(photo by Kate St. John, taken at Jennings Prairie, Butler County, Pennsylvania)
p.s. Read Marcia Bonta’s blog to find out why it’s called “Joe-Pye.”
p.p.s. The genus name only recently changed from Eupatorium to Eutrochium, another case where I prefer the old name.