Blue mistflower, Wild ageratum, Blue boneset, Mistflower
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Marcus, Joseph A.
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: 28 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
, DC Native Distribution: NJ
to s. IL
& e. KS,
s. to FL
& TX Native Habitat:
Wood margins; stream banks; low woods; wet meadows; ditches
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