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Common Name: GRAVEL ROOT
Scientific Name: Eupatorium purpureum
Alternative Names: Queen of the Meadow, Sweet Joe Pye Weed

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Eupatorium purpureum
Eupatorium purpureum
Eupatorium purpureum


  • Perennial
  • Gravel root is native to North America.
  • It is a clump-forming plant with erect stems and whorls of finely toothed lance-shaped leaves to 25cm long, vanilla-scented when crushed.
  • Clusters of small, purplish-pink flowers are borne in domed corymbs from summer to early autumn.
  • It is fully hady and prefers moist alkaline soil in sun or partial shade.

Parts Used

  • The leaves and flowering stems are harvested in the summer before the buds open and are dried for later use.
  • The roots are harvested in autumn and dried for later use.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • A tea made from the roots and leaves works especially on the genito-urinary tract and helps treat incontinence in children, cystitis, and inflammation of the urethra.
  • It helps treat rheumatism and gout by increasing the removal of waste from the kidneys.
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