Eupatorium purpureum (syn. Eupatoriadelphus) (Sweet Joe-Pye Weed)
And who doesn't know and love Sweet Joe-Pye Weed? This native wildflower reigns supreme in the late summer garden, towering over everyone and everything, but you can cut it back in May for something a little less imposing than its 6-10 foot stature. The large flower clusters are a soft pink/purple, and rest atop unbranched stems that are often purple tinged at the leaf base. According to folklore, an Indian named Joe Pye used this plant to cure fevers, and colonists used it to treat typhus. Butterflies are frequent visitors. Sweet Joe Pye Weed grows best in damp soil, as its natural habitat is stream banks, so if you want a less imposing plant, maybe a dryer place would do the trick. Zones 4-8. Quarts.