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Mist Flower (Conoclinium coelestinum)
Wild Ageratum or Mist Flower (Conoclinium coelestinum)
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Conoclinium coelestinum, Eupatorium coelestinum
Mist flower is ideal for rain gardens and areas where it can be allowed to spread, which it does both by seed and underground stems. Because of the aggressive spreading, it should be used cautiously in formal flower beds.
The flowers are very attractive to bees and butterflies, and a more dense flower display can be achieved by trimming the plants in summer. From a distance, the flowers create an illusion of blue mist. The bitter foliage is usually avoided by deer and rabbits.
Another common name for mist flower is "wild ageratum." It is also now categorized under the genus
Uses: Rain gardens, bees, butterflies, deer resistant
Bloom time: August to October
Height: 16 to 24 inches
Space: 16 to 24 inches
Sun: Full sun to medium shade
Moisture: Average to moist (often found in areas with poor drainage)
Great in a rain garden
This plant is beautiful, and an absolute butterfly magnet. We planted three in a rain garden, and they are thriving! I only rated four stars because they spread more than they should have and are threatening to overrun my copper iris. The blooms were profuse, and lasted long past several other flowers - I think it was until the frosts hit. A must have for any rain garden, or any backyard with a little bit of space.
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Agressive growth in part shade
This has been a great addition to my garden here in the desert southwest. I constantly struggle to find plants that survive/thrive the heat and don't have needle sharp points somewhere. It took a few months to get established and start spreading but has taken off and spread like wildfire. I haven't had any reseeding problems with this plant and it stays evergreen here in my 8b-9a garden. It starts blooming here in southern Nevada in October and usually lasts through November, sometimes into December. I do a vigorous pruning at least twice a year to keep it under control but it doesn't dampen it's spirit in the slightest. It even climbs a trellis! I am 100% delighted with it's performance and would recommend to anyone in my area looking for some fall color in an area that gets about 2-4 hours of desert sun.
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Up to 2 feet
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