Marcus, Joseph A.
Conoclinium coelestinum (L.) DC.
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
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
Blue Mistflower attracts bees and butterflies. However, this wildflower spreads quickly and can become a pest.
Image Gallery: 25 photo(s) available
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Size Notes:
Green Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
AL , AR , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MD , MI , MS , MO , NE , NJ , NY , NC , OH , OK , PA , SC , TN , TX , VA , WV , DC Native Distribution:
NJ to s. IL & e. KS, s. to FL & TX Native Habitat:
Wood margins; stream banks; low woods; wet meadows; ditches USDA Native Status: L48(N),
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Moist loam, sand, or clay.
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.
BenefitUse Wildlife: This wildflower attracts bees and butterflies.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Birds , Butterflies
Nectar Source: yes