Eupatorium purpureum • Joe Pye Weed • Fujibakama

Eupatorium Joe Pye Weed フジバカマ 藤袴  fuji-bakama

The plant grows in South bed of azumaya, area T; it is one of AKI NO NANAKUSA (= seven plants of autumn – click on the link to read about all of them), as Maggie and Hiroko pointed out in another post. For many years our plant book listed it as ‘flowers purplish pink in spring’, an obvious error, which is going to be fixed for 2013 edition.  The flowers attract lots of butterflies and even more bees  – almost all of my up-close pics of the flower are fuzzy, as my hands shake in proximity to the ferocious bees.


SJG • 9/17/12 – Eupatorium purpureum • Joe Pye Weed • Fujibakama, Area T;
The tall purple flowers on the back of the picture (the clump of purple smaller flowers in the front of the pic, falling to the ground,  is lespedeza)


SJG • 9/17/12 – Eupatorium purpureum • Joe Pye Weed • Fujibakama, FLOWER; Area T;

When i looked at wikipedia under ‘eupatorium’ I found this footnote:
[…] Moved to other genera:  […] Eupatorium purpureum (moved to Eutrochium purpureum) […]
Followed the link above to another wiki page to find it this under its new name:  Eutrochium purpureum (Eupatorium purpureum (Linnaeus) E. E. Lamont), Kidney-root,[1] Sweetscented Joe-Pie weed, Sweet Joe-Pye weed, Gravel Root or Trumpet weed is a herbaceous perennial plant native to northwest, eastern and central North America. […]

E. Purpureum is a clump forming plant that grows to 1.5 – 2.4 meters (5 – 8 feet) tall and about 1.2 meters (4 ft) wide. Plants are found in full sun to part shade in moisture retentive to wet soils. Stems are upright, thick, round, and purple, with whorls of leaves at each node. As the plant begins to bloom the stems often bend downward under the weight of the flowers. The leaves grow to 30 cm (12 in) long and have a somewhat wrinkled texture. The purplish colored flowers are produced in large loose, convex shaped compound corymbiform arrays. Plants bloom mid to late summer and attract much activity from insects that feed on the nectar produced by the flowers. […]

From North Creek Nurseries: […] The plant is named for Joe Pye (or Jopi), who, according to folklore, was a traveling Native American medicine man. He lived in New England around the time of the American Revolution and may have been from a tribe in Maine. He sold various herbal remedies to the colonists and apparently treated typhoid fever with the plant that bears his name to this day. […]

Most sources say it’s native to northwest, eastern and central North America, wonder how it got to Japan…


SJG • 8/22/12 – Eupatorium purpureum • Joe Pye Weed • Fujibakama; and here is the BEE on the flower; Area T



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