Eupatorium altissimum - Tall Boneset
Tall Boneset (Eupatorium altissimum) is a tall unbranched perennial, except for the upper flowering stems. The stems and leaves are covered with tiny white hairs. The opposite, ovate leaves are up to 5 inches long and 1 inch across with three conspicuous veins that run along the length of each leaf. Star-shaped, dull white disk flowers bloom from summer to fall in flattened clusters at the stem tops. During the frontier days, an herbal tea made from the leaves and stems was used to relieve the bone aches associated with severe fever symptoms.
Soil Moisture: Dry, Moderate
Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade
Height: 3' - 5'
Spread: 2' - 3'
Hardiness Zone: 4 - 8
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: August, September, October
Attracts: Butterflies, Pollinators
EUPATORIUM - BONESET
Eupatorium is a genus of flowering plants containing about 60 species. They are a white flowered plant that is native to the temperate regions of North America, Europe, and Asia. They are commonly called bonesets, thoroughworts, or snakeroots in North America. The common names are all based on the previous usage of one species, Eupatorium perfoliatum, as an herbal medicine. Despite its common name of boneset, it did not treat broken bones, but instead it was used to treat dengue fever, or breakbone fever, which caused great joint and muscle pain. Caution is advised when using boneset for medicinal purposes as it contains toxic compounds that can cause liver damage.
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