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Eupatorium coelestinum

Mist Flower/Hardy Ageratum / Syn. Conoclinium coelestinum

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The fuzzy blue flowers of hardy ageratum top attractive red stems in late summer and early fall. Easy to grow, it naturalizes readily and works well as a filler or groundcover planting. Its brilliant blue flowers make a unique and long-lasting cut flower. In warmer zones and loose soils, plan for quite a bit of spreading.

Benefits

Flowers attract bees, butterflies, and skippers
Easy to grow, flowers from mid-summer into autumn
Makes a great groundcover
Attracts insects favored by birds

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Mistflower is adapted to most soil types, but is especially suited to heavy soil rich in organic matter. Natural stands are found on moist to wet sites, such as low woods, wet meadows, and ditches. It grows best in full sun, but will tolerate light shade.


Height
2-3 Feet

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Spread
2-3 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-9

Native Range

Low woods and moist meadows, stream banks, ditches, base of bluffs; New Jersey and Illinois, south to Texas and Florida

Distribution Maps by State and County

Native Trivia

In addition to butterflies, late summer and fall blooming asteraceae species provide food for many insects, some of which are in turn food for insect-eating birds like Bluebirds, Orioles, Warblers and Red-wing Blackbirds.


"Skippers and Swallowtails are particularly fond of Mist Flower nectar!"

Good Companions
Bottle Gentian (Gentiana clausa)

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Low Perennials
Medium Perennials
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Sun
Soil
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Moist
Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Bloom Time
Fall
Late Summer
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Native Habitat
Forest
Grassland
Riparian, wetland
Foliage Color
Green
Uses
Border
Container
Cut or dried flower
Ground cover
Mass plant
Meadow
Naturalizes
Native to
Alabama
Arkansas
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maryland
Michigan
Mississippi
Missouri
Nebraska
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Virginia
West Virginia