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Sweet joe-pye weed


Classification:

Family:  Asteraceae, aster family
Genus, species:  Eupatorium purpureum

Leaves:
Leaves are in whorls of 4 or 5, elliptical, lance-shaped. Leaf edges are coarsely toothed.

Flowers:
Flowers are small, arranged in clusters at the tip of the stem. Petals are pale pinkish or purplish.

More Information:

Eupatorium is named for Eupator, King of Pontus (northern Turkey), who was reputedly immune to poisons.   The species name, purpureum, is from the Latin for reddish-purple.

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