Wildflowers of 2014 - #190 Spotted Joe-pye Weed (Eutrochium maculatum)
Both species that I found today were growing in wet soil along the Chippewa River at Mill Pond Park. The first species is one of the most showy plants of the Late Summer/Fall wildflower season - Spotted Joe-pye Weed (Eutrochium maculatum). This species can grow up to ten feet tall under favorable conditions and has large flat-topped clusters of small pinkish-purple blooms. It is found across the northern two-thirds of the United States and lower tier of Canadian provinces.
|Spotted Joe-pye Weed (Eutrochium maculatum)|
This species has been renamed several times. All of my wildflower books list this species as Eupatorium maculatum. Last year when I looked up this plant it was listed as Eupatoriadelphus maculatus. Now the name seems to be settled at Eutrochium maculatum.
|Spotted Joe-pye Weed - note whorled leaves|
For more information on this species please check out this species profile from July 2013.
|Spotted Joe-pye Weed - note pink-purple flowers|
Wildflowers of 2014 - #191 Spotted Touch-me-not (Impatiens capensis)
The second flower of the day was growing in the shadow of the Joe-pye Weed. Spotted Touch-me-not (Impatiens capensis) may grow up to five feet tall, but the ones that I photographed were about two feet tall. This species can be found across the eastern United States, across Canada, and in the Pacific Northwest. The tube-shaped flowers of this species are 3/4 to 1 1/4 inches long and attract butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. The flowers are orange with reddish-brown spots. A closely related species Pale Touch-me-not (Impatiens pallida) has pale yellow flowers.
|Spotted Touch-me-not (Impatiens capensis)|
|Spotted Touch-me-not - note tubular flower shape|
|Spotted Touch-me note - note reddish-brown spots on the orange flower|
For more information on Spotted Touch-me-not please look at this post from January 2013.