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Eupatorium Perfoliatum- Boneset

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Eupatorium Perfoliatum is a plant that thrives in low woods, at the edge of streams and other bodies of water and meadows with wet soil. It's native to the southeast and is found as far north as Nova Scotia and as far west as Texas. This plant does b

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Eupatorium Perfoliatum- Boneset

Named because it was once thought to set bones, Eupatorium Perfoliatum is a plant that thrives in low woods, at the edge of streams and other bodies of water and meadows with wet soil. It's native to the southeast and is found as far north as Nova Scotia and as far west as Texas. This plant does best in hardiness zones 3 to 8. It also needs full sun to part shade. A member of the sunflower family, boneset grows from 4 to 6 feet in height and has a spread of 3 to 4 feet. Showy, dull white flowers arrive from July to September. They are attractive to butterflies and are excellent in arrangements whether they are fresh or dried. They grow in flat-topped clusters above the leaves. The formal name for these clusters is compound corymbs. The plant itself is hairy, and the leaves are 4 to 8 inches long, lance-shaped, wrinkled and toothed. They have an unusual look because they are joined at the base and surround the stem of the plant. This particular growth pattern gave the plant the name perfoliatum and indicated to early herb doctors that the plant must be good at fixing broken bones. Because of this, the leaves wrap around the broken bone with bandages. Boneset was and still is made into a bitter tea to treat fevers, colds a cough, and constipation. It's also used to ease the ache of arthritis. However, all of the parts of the plant are toxic and should be ingested with great care. Eupatorium perfoliatum is a herbaceous perennial which means it is a non-woody plant that comes back year after year. It is deer-resistant. It doesn't care if the soil is clayey or sandy, but the ground needs to be kept moist, if not wet. Under these conditions, the plant grows quickly and easily. If the soil is allowed to dry out, the leaves will shrivel up and scorch.

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