There are a few ideas on the origin of the name of this lovely plant which is found in so many wettish habitats.
The most prevalent theory holds that it refers to a Native American named Joe Pye (Jopi), who used this perennial plant to cure typhus in the 1800’s.
Joe-pye-weed is in full flower in early August and it was during my visit to Duffins Creek.
Joe-pye-weed is a robust plant 3 – 10 feet in height.
Leaves are in whorls of 3 – 7:
After considerable rain over night, Duffins Creek was quite swollen on this day:
How pleasant the lives of the birds must be,
Living in love in a leafy tree!
And, away through the air, what joy to go;
And to look on the green, bright earth below. – Mary Howitt (1799–1888)