Trumpetweed - Purple Thoroughwort
Eutrochium fistulosum - (Barrett) E. E. Lamont
Asteraceae (Composite Sunflower) Family
Plant is an upright, nearly smooth perennial with hollow
stems. Preferred habitat is
Leaves are whorled; four to seven per node; lance-like; stalked; no teeth and no lobes; tapering to the tip with sides less than equal and forming an angle to the left with tip pinched. Leaf base graduates to a narrow point.
Flowers are panicle-like heads at the end of a flowering
stem. Disc flowers only are
Fruit is a seed which outer layer is fused to it.
Joe-Pye is one of several species found in the Escambia region. Folklore tells that an Indian, Joe-Pye, used this plant to cure fevers and that early American colonists used it to treat an outbreak of typhus.