Boneset's leaves are its most distinctive feature -- they have a wrinkled texture, and pairs of leaves are united at the base. Boneset leaves were once used in bandages for broken bones, since the appearance of the joined leaves gave people the idea that the plant would be helpful for rejoining broken bones.
- Family: aster (Asteraceae)
- Habitat: moist woods and thickets; swamps
- Height: 2-4 feet
- Flower size: flowerheads around 1/4 inch across, in large, flat clusters
- Flower color: white, or rarely purple
- Flowering time: July to October
- Origin: native
Leaves on opposite sides of the stem are joined at the base, encircling the stem.