Readers, Welcome to my blog (formerly Birds, Blooms, Books, etc). I'm entering a new decade taking on the challenge of moving from Maryland after living there 46 years and learning about my new home here in New England in the Live Free or Die state - New Hampshire. Join me as a write this new chapter of my life.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

It's Joe Pye Time!

This Joe Pye Weed towers over my pond.

Usually it's quite a mecca for butterflies but not this year.  Butterflies are scarce around here.

These two yellow swallowtails were the only ones juicing up while I took photographs.

The Joe Pye who gave his name to this plant was a Native American herbalist. Joe Pye, his anglized name, healed early colonists and taught them to use local plants.  He used extracts of this particular plant to reduce fevers accompanying typhoid and other diseases.  (Source: A Year Across Maryland: A Week-by-Week Guide to Discovering Nature in the Chesapeake Region by Bryan MacKay)