Eupatorium perfoliatum - Boneset
Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum) is a hairy perennial. Its highly textured, 8 inch lance-shaped leaves are opposite of each other and clasp the stem. Tiny white flowers form in dense flat-topped clusters at the tops of its flowering stems. It is a bold plant that stands-out in the late summer landscape. It was once believed that its leaves helped the setting and healing of bones so its leaves were wrapped with bandages around splints.
Soil Moisture: Moderate, Wet
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Height: 3' - 5'
Spread: 1' - 2'
Hardiness Zone: 3 - 8
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: August, September
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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