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I confused Joe-Pye with Ironweed!!!

Posted by dragonflydee Z8AL (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 2, 14 at 15:34

well they DO ...
Look a little alike! But I have this old book of Autochromes plates
And among over 200 color tinted photographs of wildflowers( most
Life-sized) I found Vernonia noveboracensis(Ironweed) on plate
227 7"x9" Autochrome photo.

Joe-Pye Weed(Purple Boneset) was on the next page(plate 228)
And titled Eupatorium purpureum Autochrome photo also 7" x9".

The difference between the two plants was very easy to see,and
I realize I have never seen a Joe-Pye Weed here on my place.

But I have started a lot of the IronWeed here in my yard,and
The butterflies are very fond of it!

Deer and wild rabbits will browse it some,so I cage it a lot;the
Plants are just now getting ready to make their purple-blue

This old hardcover book was published by MacMillan in 1935.
It is titled WILDFLOWERS by Homer D. house. The book has
Three hundred and sixty-four full color illustrations(Autochromes)
Plus text.The overall size of the book is abt 11"x 9".
I have not been thru all the plates yet.


Follow-Up Postings:

RE: I confused Joe-Pye with Ironweed!!!

I bought and planted some ironweed in my garden this year, because I love the dark purple color of the flowers, and so do butterflies. The butterflies love joe-pye weed, too, but I don't like it as much - the flowers are sort of pale pink/mauve, and they get WAY too tall, always wind up bent over.

The colors in those old books aren't true, that's for sure!


RE: I confused Joe-Pye with Ironweed!!!

I bought two Missouri Ironweeds last year. One is getting very tall (the other is behind due to lack of sun/constant moving) and I love them. More importantly, the butterflies do. We both win :)

RE: I confused Joe-Pye with Ironweed!!!

I have both Joe-Pye and Ironweed. I love them both, and so do the butterflies. Any plant in this tribe within Asteraceae makes an excellent nectar source. That includes Liatris and Ageratum as well.


RE: I confused Joe-Pye with Ironweed!!!

I'd gladly give my Joe Pye Weeds to someone who'd pay the postage to get them. They don't attract the butterflies at all here.

RE: I confused Joe-Pye with Ironweed!!!

My ironweed always falls over sometime during the summer. Sometime during this past winter, I read somewhere about cutting them back in June to stop this. So, that is what I did. Waiting to see the results.

RE: I confused Joe-Pye with Ironweed!!!

Hmmmmm.......mine are getting taller than I expected, KC. I hope they don't grow 10' tall like the joe pye weed!


RE: I confused Joe-Pye with Ironweed!!!

I had to stake my ironweed the first year because they kept flopping over. From the second year onward they didn't need it.

RE: I confused Joe-Pye with Ironweed!!!

One way to combat the height of Joe-Pye weed is to cut it down to about three feet in early June. It will still flower and may not need staking.

RE: I confused Joe-Pye with Ironweed!!!

I have both, also. My Ironweed should bloom this year. The Joe Pye Weed has been a great general pollinator attraction, and it always has huge holes eaten from its leaves. So, some kind of larvae enjoy it. I like it as a tall backdrop for my other perennials. It provides a division between my front sunny bed and the shaded hosta/fern area under the evergreens.


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