Pocosin Lakes Refuge – An Important Pollinator Plant

Published 2:29 pm Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Coastal Plain Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium dubium) is a wetland wildflower that is very attractive to butterflies. Regionally it occurs on Pocosin Lakes and Alligator River National Wildlife Refuges. It stands more than 6 feet tall at maturity. The pink flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies. The flowers mature into fluffy seeds that persist into the winter and are picked off by songbirds. It only occurs on wetlands. Butterfly shown on one of the blooms is a Palamedes swallowtail.