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Hyssopleaf Thoroughwort
Epatorium hyssopifolium

If you haven’t noticed by now, I usually want to know where some of these plants got their names, especially if it’s not completely obvious to me. Now, when I see the word “wort” I think like, a wort on your skin. However “wort” is an old word for “herb”. And the entire plant has been considered in the past very useful to treat things like bites. Therefore it is very “thorough”. Hyssop is a word that is derived all the way back to Old English, Old French, Greek and Latin. I think it’s just the name for a certain kind of plant, but I can’t find other information for the word “hyssop”.

Alternate Names: Hyssop-leaved Bonset
Size: 2'-8' long vine
Family: Asteraceae (Aster family)
Habitat: Likes full sun well-drained soil, dry, sandy fields or open woods.
Identification: Narrow leaves in whorls of three or four. This perennial has white flowers that are in a dense cluster. 
Uses: Historically, Hyssopleaf Thoroughwort has been used as an antidote to poisonous and venomous bites. It's effectiveness...? not sure.
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