Boneset - Eupatorium perfoliatum
Soil Type: Clay - sandy loam
Soil ph: Neutral - Slightly acid
Water: Moist - wet
Light: Full sun - Partial shade
Height: 2 - 4 ft.
Time of bloom: July - Sept
Flower colors: White
Found in wet low ground often along with Joe-Pye-Weed.
Stems are perfoliate. Stems pierce the paired leaves in the middle where they meet.
Boneset was a common home remedy during the 1800s. Leaf tea was widely used to induce sweating in fevers, flu and colds. It was also used for malaria, rheumatism, muscle pain,spasms,pneumonia, pleurisy, gout and other ailments. A poultice made from leaves was often applied to tumors.
Boneset is an emetic and can induce vomiting. In large doses it is also a laxative.
Sweating, vomiting and the runs. Sounds like the effects of a blind date arranged by my mother.