The botanical name of Boneset plant is Eupatorium perfoliatum and the plant is a native to the wetlands of North America that has a long medicinal history and an attractive, distinctive appearance. While the plant is still sometimes grown and foraged for its healing properties, it also an appeal plant to American gardeners as a native plant that actually attracts pollinators. Just continue reading to learn more on how to grow boneset and the common boneset plant uses.


Information about Boneset Plant

The Boneset plant goes by several other names, including feverwort, agueweed, and sweating plant. As you may actually guess from the names, the plant has a history of being used medicinally. In fact, the plant gets its primary name because it was used to treat dengue, or “breakbone,” fever. The Boneset plant was frequently used as a medicine by Native Americans and also by early European settlers, who actually took the herb back to Europe where it was used to treat flu. The Boneset plant is an herbaceous perennial that is hardy all the way down to USDA Hardiness zone three. The Boneset plant has an upright growing pattern, usually reaching about four feet (1 m.) in height. The plant leaves are hard to miss, as they grow on opposite sides of the plant stem and connect at the base, which creates the illusion that the plant stem grows up out of the center of the plant leaves. The Boneset plant flowers are small, white, and tubular, and they appear in flat clusters at the tops of the plant stems in late summer.


Growing Boneset Plants

To actually grow boneset plants is very easy. The Boneset plants grow naturally in wetlands and along the banks of streams, and the plant perform well even in very wet soil. The Boneset plant like partial to full sun and the plant make great additions to the woodland garden. In fact, this relative of joe-pye weed shares many of the same rowing conditions. The Boneset plants can be grown from seed, but the plant won’t produce flowers for 2 to 3 years.


Uses of Boneset Plant

 The Boneset plant has been used for centuries as a medicine and is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties. The aboveground part of the Boneset plants can be harvested, dried, and steeped into a tea. According to research, the plant can be toxic to the liver. 

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