Flowers: small; growing in dense, compound corymbs at the end of the stem and branches. Corolla: tubular; with long protruding styles of a light lavender colour which give the flower-head its soft, fluffy appearance. Leaves: whorled in groups of four to six, lanceolate, rough; toothed and deeply veined, sometimes with purple. Stem: occasionally twelve feet high; rough; purple.
"Old Joe-Pye's in the pasture again," the farmer cries; and his wife nods sympathetically without, perhaps, turning her head to look across the lowlands at the soft tint lent to the landscape by this handsome weed. It received its quaint name from a New. England Indian doctor who is said to have cured typhus fever by its use.