* Flowers white, in round to flat-topped clusters of fuzzy heads.
* Leaves veiny, wrinkled, hairy, opposite and fused around the
stem; the fusion makes the plant perfoliate.
* Height: 1-3'.
* Flowers July - October.
* Habitat: Swamps, thickets, and low ground.
* Range: Southern Canada and the United States.
* "To one whose childhood was passed in the country some fifty years
ago the name and sight of this plant is fraught with unpleasant memories.
The attic or woodshed was hung with bunches of the dried herb, which
served so many grewsome warnings against wet feet, or any over-exposure
which might result in cold or malaria. A certain Nemesis, in the shape
of a nauseous draught which was poured down the throat under the name
of 'boneset tea,' attended such a catastrophe. The Indians first discovered
its virtues, and named the plant ague-weed. Possibly this is one of the
few herbs whose efficacy has not been overrated. Dr. Millspaugh says:
'It is prominently adapted to sure a disease peculiar to the South, known
as break-bone fever, and it is without doubt from this property that
the name boneset was derived.'"
-Mrs. William Dana Starr, in "How to Know the Wild Flowers," 1900