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Any of several plants of the genus Eupatorium in the composite family, especially the eastern North American species E. perfoliatum, having opposite leaves united around the stem and clusters of small white flower heads. Also called thoroughwort.

[From its use as a folk medicine.]


(Plants) any of various North American plants of the genus Eupatorium, esp E. perfoliatum, which has flat clusters of small white flowers: family Asteraceae (composites). Also called: agueweed, feverwort or thoroughwort



any composite plant of the genus Eupatorium, esp. E. perfoliatum, of North America, having white flowers in a flat-topped cluster. Also called thoroughwort.
[1810–20, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.boneset - European herb having small white, pink or purple flowersboneset - European herb having small white, pink or purple flowers; naturalized as a weed in North America
healing herb, comfrey - leaves make a popular tisane; young leaves used in salads or cooked
comfrey, cumfrey - perennial herbs of Europe and Iran; make rapidly growing groundcover for shaded areas
2.boneset - perennial herb of southeastern United States having white-rayed flower headsboneset - perennial herb of southeastern United States having white-rayed flower heads; formerly used as in folk medicine
Eupatorium, genus Eupatorium - large genus of chiefly tropical herbs having heads of white or purplish flowers
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
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Thanks to my neighbors generosity in sharing some emerging spring volunteers, the Rain Garden at the University of Georgias Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens now has large patches of blue partnered with goldenrod, liatris and white boneset.
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25: Tall coneflower stalks have collapsed, the white boneset has toppled over, and the small white asters, their seed heads empty, lean in the wind.
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