July 30, 2014

Joe-Pye Weed

Eupatorium purpureum, commonly known as Joe-Pye Weed, was named after a native American who used it to treat fevers in the 17th century.

Attracted by the interesting name, it's no coincidence that I created this tag for the Monday blog challenge at SSS. This week's theme is the letter J.

Made with an image transfer of text taken from a vintage botanical guide and a variety of distress inks and acrylic paint, the background was stamped with cursive text (Heidi Swapp) and a fussy-cut image of a Joe-Pye specimen was applied.

This is a very beneficial plant and attracts lots of butterflies. Left to dry in the garden over the winter, it's seed will nourish birds. Its gets tall and will spread (hence the "weed" designation) but what a splendid plant for an old-fashioned garden!