Photographer: Merel R. Black
Eupatorium maculatum L.
Eupatorium: from Greek name Mithridates Eupator, King of Pontus about 115BC who is said to have discovered an antidote to a commonly used poison in one of the species
maculatum: Latin for "spotted" or "mottled"
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 2'-7' tall forb; stems spotted or evenly purplish|
|Flower: ||head with 9-22 pink to purple disk flowers; inflorescence a 7", usually flat-topped, branched cluster; blooms July-Sept.|
|Fruit:||dry seed on fluffy pappus|
|Leaf:||sharply toothed, mostly in whorls of 4-5 |
|Habitat: ||full sun; wet to moist; meadows, marshes, shores; in sandy, loamy, limy soil|