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Common Boneset


Common Name: Common Boneset

Latin Name: Eupatorium perfoliatum

[Pronounced: "yoo-pah-TORR-ee-um per-fol-ee-ATE-um"]

Type of Plant: Forb

Identification Helps: With a cluster of white flowers across the top of the plant, and on side branches. The leaves do not have stems. The blades attach directly to the main stem of the plant. Leaves are usually opposite.

There are several other species of Eupatorium, but this is the only one with clasping, un-stemmed leaves.

Preferred Growing Conditions in the Wild: Common Boneset grows commonly in both old fields and prairies.

Preferred Soils: Found in most soils, most often in more moist soils.

Seasons of Growth and Bloom: This forb blooms from mid-summer through autumn.

Natural Distribution in Ohio: Found in all major prairie counties in Ohio.

Description and General Information: This forb was once used medicinally, with the thought that it would help heal broken bones; hence the common name. There is no modern evidence of such efficacy.

The plant can be a bit weedy and it proliferates in degraded prairie habitats.