Plant family: Aster, Asteraceae
Wetland Indicator Status: FACW
The off-white flowers of Common Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum) are frequently encountered in most wet areas of the northeast United States. It is often associated with sedges and another Eupatorium species, Joe-Pye-Weed.
Native Americans used Boneset for a wide variety of medicinal uses. Pioneer herbalists also used the plant, and later pharmacists also prescribed it. The name Boneset probable derives from its reported and promotion in the healing of broken bones, and treatment for break-bone fever (dengue fever). The plant was also reported to be used to kill enemies. Take at your own risk