Down in the field yesterday, to my delight, I noticed the Joe-Pye Weed has returned. A beautiful combination of Queen-Anne's Lace and Joe-Pye Weed as far as the eye can see.
Mixed in between grasses were these tiny yellow flowers. I thought at first it maybe Black-Eye Susan's but not sure.
The Joe-Pye Weed, Eupatorium purpureum, is an amazing plant that is an herb, a wildflower, a butterfly plant and an ornamental for the flower bed. It obtained its name after a Native American herbalist, named Joe-Pye, cured fevers using the Eupatorium plant. Though we tend to think of it as a wildflower in the U.S., it's long been an ornamental plant in England where our cottage gardens are so popular.
I enjoy gathering the flowers, stems and all, to hang from the rafters of my potting shed.
Surprisingly enough they stay vividly colored until late Winter.