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Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum) 6880

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This eastern Canadian native herbaceous plant is common in low ground thickets, stream banks, moist meadows and other generally damp areas. Growing to 1.2 m (4') tall, Boneset produces flat topped clusters of 10-20 small white flowers from July through September. Boneset is very important to wildlife as it is a bee and butterfly favourite and also attracts numerous other pollinators! Perennial hardy to Zone 3.

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6,349 seeds/gram. Due to seed dormancy caused by a hard seed coat, seed is best sown outdoors in the fall. This allows the seed to be naturally stratified during the winter. Indoors, start seed in early March using a soil-less mix. Before sowing, first nick the seed coat with a knife or rub it lightly with sandpaper. Alternately, press seeds into the growing medium (as they need light to germinate, the seeds need to be at the surface) moisten, then place the container in a refrigerator or freezer for 4 weeks before bringing the container back into the warmth. Germinate at 15 C (60 F) for 21-30 days then after germination, grow on under lights at the same temperature before hardening off and transplanting outside to a sunny spot with moist soil.
High Summer
Perennial
Start Indoors or Sow Direct in Fall
21 to 30
Full Sun
Sturdy
Medium Tall (90 to 120 cm)(36 to 48")
Winter Hardy
Prior Experience Beneficial
Native of Ontario
Asteraceae
Eupatorium perfoliatum
Specimen in wet area.
Important component of pollinator gardens.
Wildlife food source.
Common specie in native wetland seed mixes.
Many native plants produce seed that is viable but dormant. This means that while the seed has all the internal structures and nutrients required to germinate, the seed coat is so hard, water cannot pass through it and initiate germination. When seed is in this state, it is known as being dormant. Seed dormancy is a naturally selected for trait that protects the seed of many plants allowing them to safely overwinter and then be ready to sprout in more favourable conditions in spring.
The remedy to naturally breaking seed dormancy is typically the passing of time. In particular, seed overwintering outside and experiencing the natural freeze thaw cycles that occur in late fall, winter and early spring. To artificially break seed dormancy, sow the seed in a soil-less mix, water than chill in a refrigerator for a set period of time. This dormancy breaking process is called stratification.
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