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The Weekly Wildflower ~ MistFlower

Several years ago, I found a single blue tufted flower growing in the fold on the property – just at the point where the dry creek sneaks under the road before continuing on it’s way through the neighborhood.

I took it and poked it into the front tiered planting bed to see if it would reseed.

 

It did… by the hundreds.

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Say hello to Conoclinium (Eupatorium) coelestinum… or  Wild Ageratum… or Mistflower. Although, my dad always called it “Millions” because of the number of new plants it produces every year.

A branching member of the aster family, Mistflower is easily spotted by the profusion of soft blue tufts, crowning a mass of sturdy,  saw-toothed leaves.

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Here in North Georgia, Mistflower begins blooming in early September and blooms through the first heavy frost; meaning we typically get flowers well into October – up to about the 3rd week.

Sun Exposure – Full Shade to Dappled Light

Flowers – Bright Blue to Bluish – Purple

Blooms – September through October

Foliage – Foliage appear in early summer, Deep green – Saw toothed leaves arranged opposing on darker (chocolate) branching stems.

Care – Minor care needed – Plant reseeds by multiple seed heads and  tightly woven root masses and rhizomes. Prefers damper areas.

Type – Perennial with new plants augmented by reseeding.

Attracts:  Butterflies, hummingbirds, bees and moths. Considered Deer and Rabbit resistant because of the extremely bitter taste.

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