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botanical name:
Eupatorium perfoliatum
Eupatorium perfoliatum © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Boneset, Thoroughwort
family:  Asteraceae
characteristics: perennial
height: 1.50m
width: 0.75m
growth rate: fast
growth habit: erect
leaf colour: green
flower colour: white
stem/bark: green
main season: Summer
medicinal symbol medicinal
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil, wet/waterlogged soil, clay soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -25°C
USDA zone: 4 to 8
description:
Stout, hairy stems and opposite leaves that are joined at the base, around the stems. The leaves are pointed, finely toothed, rough above, downy and resinous underneath. Terminal clusters of creamy-white flowers in late summer and autumn.

cultivation:
Any moist or wet soil in full sun or shade. Does well near water.

propagation:
By seed or division.

usage:
Wild and wetland gardens, waterside planting.
Medicinal herb used to treat colds and influenza. Was used by early North American settlers to treat a serious flu-like disease called breakbone fever. Other authorities say that the leaves were used to bandage broken bones.

other notes:
Native to central and eastern USA and Canada, found in wet meadows, swamps, wet prairies and near water.

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