Sweet-Scented Joe-Pye Weed,
Asteraceae or Sunflower Family
Tall, robust plant with leaves in whorls of 3 to 4 around the
stem. Leaves are elongated egg-shaped with long pointed
tips and coarse teeth. Stems are solid purple at the bases
of the leaves. Flowers in branching, somewhat domed
clusters, each cylindrical, pale pink to almost white with long,
protruding stigmas. Smells of vanilla when bruised.
Blooms in the summer
Native species of rich woods. In Wildwood occasional in
called Joe-Pye weed, is common in Wildwood, but prefers moist,
open, sunny areas. It has purple flowers, and narrower
leaves with blunter teeth. Bonesets, also in the genus
Eupatorium, have truly white flowers. They can easily be
distinguished from this species by having their leaves in pairs
instead of whorls. False boneset (Brickellia eupatorioides) has leaves that are not opposite each other.