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Monday - October 06, 2014

From: Allen, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Butterfly Gardens
Title: Plant that attracts butterflies, perhaps?
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

What is that one plant/flower in your Center that attracts wildflowers like crazy? It's got a cute name, not a Latin or Scientific name. I have the plant, but don't know how to make it spread.

ANSWER:

Mr. Smarty Plants is confused!   Do you, perhaps, mean a plant that attracts butterflies?  That could be Conoclinium coelestinum (Blue mistflower)Conoclinium greggii (Gregg's mistflower) or maybe some other plant like Asclepias tuberosa (Butterflyweed).  It would help us to have a description of the plant—size, flower color, bloom time, what type of leaves, etc.  We might be able to identify it with more information.

By the way, all plants have a Latin or scientific name—the common name or names, however, are usually a lot easier to remember.  Plants have only one "accepted" Latin or scientific name, but can have one to many common names.

 

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Blue mistflower
Conoclinium coelestinum

Blue mistflower
Conoclinium coelestinum

Gregg's mistflower
Conoclinium greggii

Gregg's mistflower
Conoclinium greggii

Butterflyweed
Asclepias tuberosa

Butterflyweed
Asclepias tuberosa

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