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Eupatorium perfoliatum

You may have heard of, likely seen, common boneset, but do you know how it came about its name? Eupatorium perfoliatum comes from the way the stem grows through the leaf or perforates.


This strong stem action lead early doctors to believe that the plant would be helpful in setting bones, and would use the leaves to bandage reset bones, hence, common boneset! How fun is that? We don’t recommend relying on the leaves to heal bones, but apparently they make a highly effective tea for treating colds and cough.


From a visual standpoint, this tall perennial has a sturdy structure with interesting green foliage, white hairs along the stem, and flat clusters of tiny white flowers congregating high atop the stem. This is a favorite plant for many insects.


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Eupatorium perfoliatum (Common boneset)

  • details


    1/2 quart pot

    type: herbaceous perennial
    sun needs: full sun, part sun/part shade
    water needs: average, moist
    height: 4'
    plant spacing: 1/sq ft
    bloom time: July, August, September
    bloom color: white
  • good plant companions

    New England aster, cardinal flower, bee balm, eastern star sedge, switchgrass

  • special notes

    salt tolerant. Some salt exposure should not be fatal to the plant but some leaf burning may still occur.
    deer resistant (please note that does not mean deer proof)