I’ve had multiple hard frosts here, so my growing season is largely finished. As such, I’ll be switching things up here on Wednesdays. We’ll still have the blog hop, but I’ll be alternating between posts about using herbs and posts with green building information and home projects (the “Common Sense Home” type of ideas that originally got me started). We’re going to kick off our herb related posts with information on harvesting and using dandelion roots.
Today’s featured plant is Heath Aster, Aster ericoides.
Heath aster is also known as White Aster, Awl-aster, Subulate-bracted Aster, Hairy Aster, Soft Aster, Squarrose White Aster, White Prairie Aster, Heath White Aster, Many-flowered Aster, and Tufted White Prairie Aster.
DePauw.edu shares, “Heath aster is also known as farewell-to-summer and goodbye-meadow, first because it ushers in the fall and second because it tends to take over a field.” Given how it has spread in our wild prairie area, I would believe this.
Today’s featured plant is Jo Pye weed, Eupatorium maculatum.
Joe Pye weed is also known as Spotted Joe Pye Weed, spotted trumpet weed and Eupatoriadelphus maculatus var. maculatus . It is one of several species of Joe Pye weed found in Wisconsin, which take their names from a medicine man named Joe Pye who used it to cure typhus in New England in 1818 (source).
Range and Identification of Joe Pye Weed