We have these woody weeds on one shady side of our lawn and into our wood line. Their stems are hard and woody. They appear brown and tan and at the tips of the branches a bit brownish purple. The tips of the branches open and appear hollow. The bees are attracted to the tips of the branches much like a flower. The roots are almost artichoke like and hard. They appear in the summer and have a growth spert around now (August/September) They dry out and die back each year. What is it? Could it be used for anything?