Spotted Joepye-weed - Eupatorium maculatum
Eupatoriadelphus maculatus, Eutrochium maculatum
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Widespread species known in Montana from a few occurrences in the south-central part of the state on a variety of ownerships. Four of the occurrences are moderate to large-sized populations.
Fibrous-rooted perennial. Stems erect, 50–150 cm, simple, purplish. Herbage puberulent, glandular above. Leaves cauline, short-petiolate, simple, in whorls of 3 or 4; blades lanceolate, 6–15 cm long, serrate. Inflorescence corymbiform, flat-topped, terminal or in upper leaf axils. Heads discoid; involucre tubular, 6–9 mm high; phyllaries imbricate in 3 to 5 series, white to purplish, ovate to oblanceolate, glabrous; receptacle convex, naked. Disk flowers perfect, tubular, 9 to 22, purple; corolla 4–6 mm long; style branches clavate. Achenes obconic, 5-angled, 3–5 mm long, glandular; pappus 1 series of capillary bristles (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
Our plants are variety bruneri
Flowering in August.
Moist meadows, springs, margins of spring-fed streams, and swamp thickets in the valleys and on the plains.