BonesetEupatorium perfoliatum 5-7' tall. Also called Thoroughwort. Majestic North American native with flat-topped clusters of creamy-white to milky-lavender flowerheads atop fuzzy upright stems with deeply veined dark green diamond-shaped perfoliate leaves.
Traditionally used to alleviate the symptoms of “breakbone fever,” a highly infectious disease known to cause extreme fever and aching pain that travels deep into the bones—hence the name boneset. Tincture of the flowering tops and leaves induces sweating, stimulates the immune system and acts as a mild anti-inflammatory. North American Indians and early colonial settlers administered boneset tea during flu epidemics, and its common use continued well into the 20th century.
Peak bloom is mid to late August, providing a generous late-season supply of nectar for adult butterflies and other pollinating insects. Boneset is a practical and fetching addition to the wilder part of the orchard and perennial border.
Plant 3' apart in moist soil and full sun to dappled shade. MOFGA-certified organic, grown at Ripley Farm. Z3. Maine Grown. (bare-root crowns)
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