|Basye's Purple Rose|
Buzz™ Velvet may be a "butterfly bush," but it wasn't drawing any butterflies yesterday in my garden. No, the butterflies were all running to the Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium purpureum) that sits near the feet of my 'Jane' magnolia. I have a single specimen of Joe, and he's as coarse and weedy as his name suggests, but at least he's fragrant, and fragrant in a good way. Dull pink is a charitable description of his complexion, but in contrast the fragrance is to die for.
Joe Pye Weed does, however, beckon insects from all over the garden, just as it did the Painted Lady butterfly I photographed on it, and it has a delicious, sweet and light fragrance for ProfessorRoush to enjoy as well. Sometimes even a weedy plant has a few positive attributes.