It’s everywhere here and attracts butterflies like a magnet. A flowering plant in the sunflower family, Joe Pye Weed is native to the eastern United States and Canada.
But who was Joe Pye anyway? The plant is reported to have been named for Jopi (pronounced Joe Pye), a Native American healer who used the plant to treat a number of ailments. Folklore claims that Joe Pye Weed was used to treat fevers, typhus, kidney stones, and urinary tract ailments. Both the flowers and the seeds also have been used to produce pink dye for textiles.