from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A perennial plant (Eupatorium coelestinum) of the southeast and central United States, having corymbs of small blue flowers.
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- n. rhizomatous plant of central and southeastern United States and West Indies having large showy heads of clear blue flowers; sometimes placed in genus Eupatorium
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The blue mistflower can be aggressive, but I love the color it brings in the fall, then tear much of it out, but not all.
The main weed species being targeted in Northland are wild ginger (Hedychium garderianum), cord grass (Spartina alterniflora), mistflower (Ageratina riparia), and wandering Jew (Tradescantia fluminensis).
(In the photo above, Indigo Spires is mingling with spinach that is going to seed) (Blue mistflower, or Eupatorium (Conoclinium) beginning to bloom.)
The mistflower is more blue than purple, but it sort of works when Purple Heart, Lion's Tail and Lamb's Ears are in the mix.
The butterflies, busy chowing down, could be seen Monday from a distance, flittering in and out of the Gregg's mistflower planted in the butterfly garden at Temple College.
"Faves in Divas of the Dirt gardens: Oxblood lilies; Gregg's mistflower; Mexican oregano;