Shrubby boneset, White mistflower, White shrub mistflower, Havana snakeroot, Mistflower
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Knight, Marilyn McBroom
Havana snakeroot or mistflower is a rounded shrub,
2-6 ft. tall, with many much-branched stems arising from the base. Leaf blades triangular to roughly ovate
or narrower, up to 3 inches long, with 3 main veins; margins wavy to coarsely toothed,
tip pointed, and the base broadly tapered to almost perpendicular. Opposite
leaves hang from fairly long leaf stalks. Prolific, long-lasting, fragrant, pinkish-white flowers occur in fuzzy, terminal, ageratum-like clusters. Fruit
1/5 inch long, with a crown of bristles on one end.
Blooms best and appears bushier if severely cut back each winter. Drought tolerant. Adapt to most well-drained soils. May be transplanted year-round if cut back by one third.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf Retention: Evergreen Leaf Arrangement: Opposite Leaf Complexity: Simple Leaf:
Leaves persist through winter. Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Oct , Nov
DistributionUSA: TX Native Distribution:
Edwards Plateau in TX
to n. Mex.; also Cuba and the Bahaman Islands Native Habitat:
Found on rocky hillsides and bluffs in the southern half of the Hill Country. Well-drained sand, loam, clay, limestone. Rocky ravines; ledges; limestone hills
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Well-drained, rocky, limesone soils.
Conditions Comments: White mistflower is ideal for a woodland edge. The white to pinkish-white flowers are fragrant and showy. White mistflower provides late summer and early fall color. Booms best and appears bushier if severely cut back each winter. Drought tolerant. Adapt to most well-drained soils. May be transplanted year-round if cut back by one third.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Attracts hummingbirds, moths & butterflies. Butterflies and moths love the upright, fuzzy blooms.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
Attracts: Hummingbirds , Butterflies
Larval Host: Rawsons Metalmark
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: Moderate