Sun: Full, partial

Moisture: Medium-wet to wet

Height: 4'

Bloom Time: July-September

Bloom Color: White

Genotype: Superior Township, Washtenaw County

Indigenous interactions: Though no uses are known for Great Lakes peoples, this plant was used widely. The Iroquois made a compound infusion with the plant as a poultice for broken bones, among many other uses (Moerman, 1998).


Ideal for rain gardens (and tolerant of short-term flooding), this pollinator favorite produces clusters of fragrant white flowers on a stalk 3 to 5 feet high. Blooming between July and September, boneset is also a host plant for several species of moth, and is generally not bothered by deer, due to the foliage's bitter taste. 

Eupatorium perfoliatum (Boneset)