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Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum)
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Other common names: Thoroughwort
Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower)
Height: 2 to 4 ft.
Blooms: July to October
Leaf Type: toothed
Bloom Size: 0.25 in. (typical)
Flower Description: Flat or rounded clusters, Parts indistinct
Location: Allegheny Highlands Trail
More photos of this flower
- Upland Boneset
The leaves of common boneset fuse around the stem.
- White Snakeroot
Boneset leaves fuse distinctively around the stem.
- White-Bracted Thoroughwort
Boneset's paired leaves are fused around the plant stem in a very distinctive manner.
Folklore, History, and Other Facts
The following information is taken from my great-grandmother's copy of The Herbalist (1918). This information is presented for historic purposes only, as many remedies recommended by this book are toxic!
We started out as wildflowers from the bicycle trails of western Pennsylvania, but we've grown!
Meyer, Joseph E. (1918). The Herbalist and Herb Doctor. Hammond, Ind.: Indiana Herb Gardens. 400 pp.