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Boneset
Eupatorium perfoliatum

Coarse, hairy, native, perennial herb that may reach heights of 2-3'. Similar to Joe-pye weed, boneset is used in restorations, vegetated swales, shorelines, and is used to bind soil with its fibrous root system to resist erosion. It is a good habitat provider and groundcover. Consideration should be given for this plant in rain gardens, lake edges, and other landscape designs.

USDA symbol: EUPE3

General Information

Plant TypeForb
Height3 feet
Light ExposurePart Sun, Sun
Soil MoistureMedium
Bloom ColorWhite
Boneset (Boneset<div><em class="small">Eupatorium perfoliatum</em></div>)
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Tolerances

Flooding / Inundation ToleranceHigh
General Resilience6
Salt ToleranceLow
Stress ToleranceGeneral Disturbance

Pollinator Value: Very High

Bloom MonthsJune to August
Larval Host ofMoths
Specific Pollinators HostedCarmenta pyralidiformis, Haploa clymene, Schinia trifascia
Pollinator BenefitInsect Pollinated, Provides Nectar, Stem Nesting, Supports Generalists

Project Planning

Project TypeBoulevard, Erosion Control, Rain Garden, Restoration, Sandy or Engineered Soils, Shoreline Buffer
Coefficient of Conservatism5
Herbivore SensitivityLow
LifespanPerennial
Rate of SpreadMedium
Soil StabilizationShallow
Vegetative ReproductionClonal

Range

CountyAitkin, Anoka, Becker, Beltrami, Benton, Blue Earth, Brown, Carlton, Carver, Cass, Chippewa, Chisago, Clay, Clearwater, Cook, Cottonwood, Crow Wing, Dakota, Dodge, Douglas, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Grant, Hennepin, Houston, Hubbard, Isanti, Itasca, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Kittson, Koochiching, Lac qui, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Mahnomen, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Norman, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Pine, Pipestone, Polk, Pope, Ramsey, Red Lake, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Rock, Roseau, Sherburne, Sibley, St. Louis, Stearns, Steele, Swift, Todd, Wabasha, Wadena, Waseca, Washington, Wilkin, Winona, Wright, Yellow Medicine
EcoregionDriftless Area, Lake Agassiz Plain, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Glaciated Plains, Northern Lakes and Forests, Northern Minnesota Wetlands, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland, Tallgrass Aspen Parklands