Eupatorium perfoliatium - Common Boneset

 Sun Exposure: Sun, Part Sun

Soil Moisture: Wet, Medium-Wet

Soil Type: Loam, Sandy-Clay

Height: 2 - 4 feet

Spread: 2 feet

Blooms: July, August, September

Root: Fibrous, Rhizomatous

Habitat: Wet Prairies, Wetlands, Pond edges, River banks

Landscape uses: Pollinator gardens, Naturalized areas, Pond edges

Wildlife Value: The nectar  is very accesable to bees, flies, wasps, butterflies, and beetles. Host Plant: The caterpillars of some moth species feed on various parts 

Seed Origin: Blue Mountains, Ontario

Germination Code: C(30), D

Eupatorium perfoliatium - Common Boneset

  • Common Boneset has interesting foliage and fragrant flowers. It tolerates flooded conditions better than many other Boneset species. The spreading clusters of flowers are quite popular with diverse kinds of insects. The name Boneset derives from the appearance of the stem growing through the "perfoliate" leaf. To early herb doctors, this indicated the plant would be useful in setting bones, so its leaves were wrapped with bandages around splints.