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Boneset (Common)

Eupatorium perfoliatum
Boneset (Common)

Habitat

Found in wet meadows and roadsides.

Description

Up to 5' tall - blooms summer to fall. Small, whitish flowers grouped at the top of the plant on many branched into a flat cluster. Leaves are long, toothed and pointed, opposite and fused together at the base around hairy stem.

Taxonomic Features (Traits) for Identification

  • Flower Type:  Flowers too small to be seen clearly in fuzzy clusters (corymb) on the top of the plant
  • Flower Color: Dirty white
  • Leaf Arrangement: Opposite and fused around the hairy stem
  • Plant Type: Wildflower (Tall - 2-5 feet)
  • Leaf Type: Lance-shaped and toothed

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