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Conoclinium betonicifolium (Mill.) King & H. Rob.
Betonyleaf Thoroughwort, Betony-leaf Mistflower
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Synonym(s): Eupatorium betonicifolium
USDA Symbol: COBE4
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
This is a somewhat woody, weak, usually decumbent plant rooting at the nodes in sand or sandy clay and found throughout the Texas coast. The flowering stems turn up at the ends and the blades are fleshy with toothed margins. All the flowers are disc-type with bluish petals.
Like the other blue mistflowers, this one attracts a host of butterfly species. It thrives and will flower most abundantly in full sun, but will still produce a show in part shade.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
Leaf Margin: Crenate , Dentate
Leaf Apex: Obtuse
Leaf Base: Cordate , Truncate
Size Notes: Stems erect to decumbent, up to about 6 feet long.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug
Bloom Notes: There are no ray flowers.
Native Habitat: Dunes, roadsides, edges of woods.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Drought Tolerance: Medium
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Nectar Source: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Naval Air Station Kingsville - Kingsville, TX
National Butterfly Center - Mission, TX
BibliographyBibref 1213 - Wildflowers and Other Plants of Texas Beaches and Islands (2002) Richardson, Alfred
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Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Conoclinium betonicifolium in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Conoclinium betonicifolium in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Conoclinium betonicifolium
MetadataRecord Modified: 2022-12-23
Research By: DEW