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Common Name: Joe Pye Weed
Eupatorium maculatum is a perennial plant that can grow up to 1.50 metres tall.
It has medicinal and miscellaneous uses.
South-eastern and Central N. America - Newfoundland to British Columbia to Washington and New York.
Damp thickets, meadows, shores etc, usually on rich or calcareous soils from Quebec and southwards[
Succeeds in ordinary garden soil that is well-drained but moisture retentive in sun or part shade[
This species is hardy to about -25°c[
Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[
A tea made from the whole herb is diuretic[
]. It is used in the treatment of kidney complaints, painful urination, rheumatism etc[
]. The leaves and stems are harvested in the summer before the flower buds open, and are dried for later use[
A tea made from the roots is used in the treatment of fevers, colds, kidney and liver complaints, rheumatism etc[
]. It is said to have a tonic effect upon pregnant women[
] and is also said to induce sweating[
]. Externally, a decoction of the roots is used as a wash on rheumatic joints[
]. The roots are harvested in the autumn and dried for later use[
The stems have been used as straws[
Seed - sow spring in a cold frame and only just cover the seed. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer.
Division in spring or autumn[
]. Very easy, the clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions.