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Eupatorium perfoliatum – Common Boneset

Eupatorium perfoliatum – Common Boneset

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“Eupatorium perfoliatum, or Boneset, is a large herbaceous, clump-forming perennial shrub with small white flowers that appear in late summer and fall. The plant grows well in average, medium to wet soils with a consistent water source. It prefers full sun or part shade and tolerates both sandy and clay soils. The soil should contain considerable organic material so that it can retain moisture. This plant can withstand flooded conditions for short periods of time, but it is not really aquatic. The root system produces rhizomes in abundance and Boneset typically forms vegetative colonies.

“Historically, Boneset was commonly included in medical herb gardens and used as a folk medicine for treatment of cases of flu, fevers, colds, and a variety of other maladies. Some authorities claim the name Boneset refers to a former use of the plant to aid the healing process for broken bones; others claim that the name is in reference to the plant’s use as a diaphoretic in the treatment of an 18th century influenza called break bone fever. All parts of the plant are quite toxic and bitter.” (North Carolina Extension)


Additional information


6-Pack, 9-Pack, Single


Herbaceous Perennial, Shrub

Bloom Description

Small, White


Full Sun, Part Shade


Medium, Wet


Clay Soil, Sandy Soil

Product Description


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  1. “Eupatorium perfoliatum – Common Boneset” by FritzFlohrReynolds is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
  2. “Eupatorium perfoliatum” By I, SB Johnny, CC BY-SA 3.0,


North Carolina Extension description:   Eupatorium Perfoliatum (American Boneset, Boneset, Bonset, Feverwort, Thoroughwort) | North Carolina Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox Accessed 16 Feb. 2022.
Botanical illustration: “Eupatorium perfoliatum, Thorough wort,” by uwdigitalcollections is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Information and images compiled by Erik N.Vegeto

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