Definition of joe-pye weed in English:

joe-pye weed

(also joe pye weed)

Pronunciation /ˈjōpī ˌwēd/ /ˈdʒoʊpaɪ ˌwid/


North American
  • A tall North American perennial plant of the daisy family that bears clusters of small purple flowers.

    Genus Eupatorium, family Compositae, several species, in particular sweet joe-pye weedE. purpureum and spotted joe-pye weedE. maculatum

    ‘Others are swamp blue aster, a pink turtlehead, speckled joe-pye weed, great lobelia, Pennsylvania buttercup, and several kinds of sedges.’
    ‘Plants at Holliday Park that are usually confined to fens are swamp blue aster, speckled joe-pye weed, and a rather rare species of pink turtlehead.’


Early 19th century of unknown origin.


joe-pye weed

/ˈjōpī ˌwēd/ /ˈdʒoʊpaɪ ˌwid/