joe-pye weed



Also called purple boneset. a tall composite weed, Eupatorium purpureum, of North America, having clusters of pinkish or purple flowers.
Also called spotted joe-pye weed. a related plant, E. maculatum, having similar flowers and stems that are often spotted with purple.

Origin of joe-pye weed

An Americanism dating back to 1810–20; origin uncertain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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joe-pye weed


US and Canadian any of several North American plants of the genus Eupatorium, esp E. purpureum, having pale purplish clusters of flower heads lacking rays: family Asteraceae (composites)

Word Origin for joe-pye weed

C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for joe-pye weed

1818, said to be so called from the name of an Indian who used it to cure typhus in New England.

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