Friday, August 14, 2009

Joe Pye weed

P1000279joepye, originally uploaded by jhhymas.

This new England Indian used this plant, or a similar one, in healing. One internet source describes the tea made from it as "nauseous." And research on Joe Pye himself turns up very little besides his debt to a New England saloon-keeper. As with other native Americans from New England, his tribe, which still had people named Pye, was pushed west several times until they reach Minnesota. This lovely soft pink reliably adorns the roadsides here at this time of year, giving Joe Pye a sort of immortality, or remembrance.

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