Wikijunior:Summer Flowers of Northern New England/Eupatorium perfoliatum

 
 
Boneset
(Eupatorium perfoliatum)
Boneset flowers
Boneset with a bee and a caterpillar
Description:
Boneset is a tall plant with a cluster of tiny white flowers that rise above the leaves. The leaves are thick and wrinkly. They wrap all the way around the stem of the plant and make it look like the stem has poked through the leaf. It is also called "agueweed", "feverwort" or "sweating-plant". Native Americans introduced Boneset to the American colonists as a way to treat fevers.

Quick Facts:
The leaves growing together around the stem lead to a past superstition that wrapping the leaves in bandages around splints would help mend broken bones.

Boneset plant
Last modified on 7 July 2010, at 18:40