||Tall herb, up to10 feet or more tall.
Stem with a whitish coating ("bloom" in botanical terms).
Leaves lance-shaped, bluntly toothed, in whorls of 3-7.
Purple flowers very tiny, in small, cylindrical flowerheads, which
together form a large terminal cluster.
A beautiful native
plant of damp places; occasional in open sunny moist places in
the Park, especially in Connelly's Run floodplain.
Sometimes confused with New
York Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis), but that
plant has deep violet flowers which are much larger and in
looser clusters, and leaves not in whorls.
Joe-Pye Weed grows in the woods of Wildwood. It has
pale pink, almost white flowers, wider leaves, and sharper
teeth. Bonesets, also in the genus
Eupatorium, are somewhat similar, but have white flowers and
leaves in pairs.