Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. Updated February 2018.
Scientific name: Eupatorium perfoliatum L.
Common name(s): common boneset, boneset, boneset thoroughwort
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- 2-4 feet tall
-hairs on the central stem
-spreads with rhizomes
– observed flowering in July-August and fruiting in October in ME
-moist organic soil
-full to partial sun
-nectar attracts pollinators
-Seeds ripen about a month after flowering
- two-node softwood tip cuttings taken in late spring
-not commonly grazed by livestock
-leaves are favored by:
- flea beetles
- saw flies
-medical uses include:
- treating dengue fever
- immune system stimulant
- laxative in large does
USDA. “COMMON BONESETEupatorium Perfoliatum L.” Plant Fact Sheet, National Plant Materials Center, Beltsville, MD , Nov. 2008, www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_PLANTMATERIALS/publications/mdpmcfs8332.pdf.
Taken from an article, no longer available online, from Native Haunts