Hollow Stem Joe Pye Weed
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
ditches, alluvial woods and fields. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

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
bisexual. Corolla is five lobed; pink, lavender or purple. Flowers occur in the summer.

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.

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