Butterfly Garden Plant Eupatorium perfoliatum Boneset

Butterfly Garden Plants


(Eupatorium perfoliatum)

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Boneset Eupatorium perfoliatum

While not as large as some of the Eupatoriums suggested for butterfly gardens,Boneset is still a formidable plant. Once well established, Boneset can resemble a small shrub by late summer covered with white flowers, butterflies and other pollinators.

Compared to the taller Eupatoriums, Boneset has flowers that are easily observable (as opposed to six feet in the air as with hollow stem Joe Pye Weed to which it is closely related).

Importance as a butterfly nectar source:
From late summer to early fall, Boneset is a source of nectar for a variety of butterflies.

Importance as a caterpillar food source:
Boneset is not used as a caterpillar food plant.


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USDA Hardiness Zone 3 to 8
Bloom Period July to September
Bloom Color White
Plant Height 4 to 6 feet
Plant Spread 3 to 4 feet
Light Exposure Sun to light shade
Soil Moisture Medium
Animal/Disease Problems None


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Garden Rating 3
Nectar Rating 3
Caterpillar Rating 0


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