Substances & Homeopatic Remedies

Eupatorium purpureum

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Eupatorium purpureum, L.


Etymology - The Eupatorium family gets its name from Mithridates Eupator, a king of Pontus, who first used the plants as a remedy. The purpureum comes from the Latin, purple.
The name Joe Pye Root come from a Native American, Joe Pye or Jopi, who cured typhus with it.


Traditional name

Other Names: eupatorium trifoliatum, eupatorium maculatum, eupatorium verticillatum, eupatorium ternifolium.
Common Names:  Queen of the Meadow. Gravel root. Joe pye. Purple boneset. Trumpet weed. - Gravelweed, Jopi Weed, Meadow Root, Hempweed, Kidney Root, Kidneywort

Used parts

Tincture of root.


Plantae; Spermatophyta, Angiospermae - Flowering Plants; Dicotyledonae; Asteridae / Synandrae; Asterales; Compositae / Asteraceae - Composites / Daisy or Sunflower Family


Some material contributed by Duncan Muir Thomas

Original proving

Proved by Dresser, Am. Hom Obs. I, 133; Allen; Encyclop. Mat Med. IV, 237.

Description of the substance

Joe Pye Weed is a North American native perennial herb found in moist woods and meadows from southern Canada to Florida and west to Texas.
Cultivate from seed or root separation, with partial shade to full sun in
rich alkaline soil. Growing to a height of about 12 ft. it makes a handsome addition to any garden or as a privacy border. The sturdy, hollow, purple stems are covered with whorls of 4 to 8 dark green, lance shaped, and serrated  leaves, up to 1 foot long. A top each stem is a rose pink to whitish domed cluster of flowers, about 1 foot in diameter, blooming in August and September.
The root is woody, thick and purplish brown with cream colored flesh. Gather leaves anytime and entire plant in full bloom.This Joe-pye weed is also known as purple boneset because the stems are purple at the joints.
A butterfly favorite! Growing three to six feet tall, this plant's lush purplish-pink blooms act like magnets for Monarchs, Swallowtails, and dozens of other butterflies. Preferring rich, well-drained soil, it will prosper in medium shade or in the full sun of a perennial garden. The heavily textured, "crinkly" leaves are attractive in their own right. Easy to grow from seed, this lovely plant is a main garden attraction for people and butterflies.