Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum)

Plant family: Aster, Asteraceae

Wetland Indicator Status: FACW

Boneset Plant

Boneset growing under the canopy of a hardwood swamp. Not the white pattern on the leaves. They are caused by a leaf mining insect, probably the moth Bucculatrix eupatoriella.

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

Boneset Flowers

Top view of Boneset flowers

Boneset Leaves

The genus name of Boneset perfoliatum, comes from the way the stem of the plants appears to perforate the leaves.