The Butterfly Magnet Joe-Pye Weed

Not a weed at all, but a member of the “daisy” family, this amazing plant grows to be ten feet tall, and every August, produces thousands of small lavender pink flowers that attract every butterfly within a mile around. It is a perennial that grows in the same spot every spring.

A burst of growth in August produces this remarkable flower bundle.

A burst of growth in August produces this remarkable flower bundle.


They grow in clusters like a family.

They grow in clusters like a family.


The hillside below the house is thick with them.

The hillside below the house is thick with them.


Joe Pye Weed Swallowtails
Swallowtail Butterflys love the sweet nectar. I’ve counted thirty individuals feeding in one area.


Remarkable that the wind doesn't blow these giants over.

Remarkable that the wind doesn’t blow these giants over.

Joe Pye Window

This photo is from a 1983 Southern Accents magazine showing how Joe-Pye was used in a Highland, N.C. home.

This photo is from a 1983 Southern Accents magazine showing how Joe-Pye was used in a Highland, N.C. home.

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