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FutureStarrBlue mist flower
The blossoming blue mist flower is the symbol of the New Year in Japan; the flower is said to bring about longevity and reflection, and often appears in legends and spiritual texts.Mistflower grows to 3 feet high, but often lower, with leaves opposite, somewhat triangular in shape, and bluntly toothed. At the top of the plant the branches, with their short-stemmed clusters of flowers, form an almost flat top. Disk flowers are bright blue or violet, about 1/4 inch long. There are no ray flowers.Conditions Comments: Blue mistflower is good as a border plant or as a colonizing groundcover. The fluffy-edged flowers are a magnet for late-season butterflies. It also spreads quickly and can become a pest. These flowers are naturally found in moist areas such as meadows, ditches, low woodlands, or near water sources. Mimicking these conditions by keeping the soil moist will ensure a healthy blue mistflower. Common pests or diseases include powdery mildew, aphids, or leaf miners.
Commonly called mistflower, this late summer to fall-blooming herbaceous perennial is native to the Eastern United States. It looks like the annual ageratum and in that regard is sometimes commonly called hardy ageratum. It is a showy native plant that is considered a weed in the coastal plain, growing along roadsides on moist ditch banks. Under cultivation, it becomes a choice perennial with 8 weeks of blue flowers from late summer until frost. It is nectar-rich and pollinators love it.Conoclinium coelestinum (Blue Mistflower) is an upright, spreading perennial boasting an abundance of small, fluffy, bright blue or violet flowers held in flat clusters in midsummer to late fall. The ageratum-like blossoms are carried atop purplish stems and attract impressive numbers of bees and butterflies.
They grow above the dense foliage of coarsely-toothed, somewhat triangular, bright green leaves. Native to the central and southeastern United States, Blue Mistflower adds color to the late season garden when many other plants are starting to fade. However, this wildflower spreads quickly and can become a nuisance. Great as a colonizing groundcover in moist natural landscapes or for erosion control.Mistflower, Conoclinium coelestinum, is covered with fuzzy tufts of blue-violet flowers for at least five weeks from late summer until frost. Around two feet high, Mistflower spreads to form a dense ground cover, or large patch, in partially shaded settings with moist well-drained soils. It also does well in full sun, given adequate moisture. A vigorous spreader by rhizome and seed, Mistflower can be thinned in early spring to control its spread on smaller sites. Otherwise it may be better suited for settings where it has some freedom to spread. Also known as Wild Ageratum, it is native to the east and southeastern United States. Plant with Blue Stemmed Goldenrod and White Woodland Aster, for a colorful fall pollinator buffet. (Source: www.prairienursery.com)