Boneset is one of the stately herbs from the Eupatorium family that have proven so useful over such a long time and across many continents.
Like it’s cousins ‘Joe Pye Weed’ and ‘Gravel Root’ it seems to have an affinity with fever, cramps and rheumatism as well as that ‘bone aching’ type of winter cold.
Boneset has a nicely upright manner with slightly wrinkled or curled leaves.
In a similar way to Hypericum perforatum, it has resin dots on the leaves.
The slightly blue-white flowers cover the plant in summer at the best time to harvest the herb.
The seeds are tiny and feathered and not the easiest to strike but once established the plant is easy to grow and, being herbaceous, disappears during winter to shoot from the rootstock again in late winter to spring.
Degree of difficulty in germination…..9/10 (1 is easy – 10 very difficult) Seasonal