Blue Mistflower (Eupatorium coelestinum, Conoclinium coelestinum)
Blue Mistflower is native to the woodlands of the Mid-Atlantic region. Sometimes called Hardy Ageratum, because it looks like the annual Ageratum, this perennial is actually in the same family as Joe Pye Weed and Bonesets. The fluffy edged flowers are a butterfly magnet and a must for any butterfly garden. In moist conditions will spread by rhizomes and can be used as a ground cover. Plant in drier areas if you do not wish it to spread. The plant has been seen growing on the back of dunes which suggests it is salt tolerant as well. The plant will come to you in a 3.5 inch pot. Soak thoroughly before planting.
Description: Flat topped clusters of pale blue/purple fuzzy flowers atop 1 - 3 ft stems, leaves opposite.
Culture: Moist soils, sun to part shade, found naturally along stream banks and low woods. Bloom time - August to October Zones 4 - 9.
Companion plants: Goldenrods, Asters, Obedient Plant, Bonesets, Rudbeckias, Narrow leaved Sunflower.
Wildlife benefit: Nectar for bees and butterflies particularly Monarchs on migration.
All of my plants are grown using earth friendly techniques, from seed collection to watering with rainwater. Pots are 100% recycled, some are re-used containers, others are made from recycled plastics. Plants are fed with PLANT-TONE by Espoma, an organic fertilizer and/or worm castings. I grow plants that can replace those lost to development in order to help sustain wildlife that depend on them. You can be assured that you are not getting plants from the wild, which is unethical and further contributes to habitat loss.
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Payment, shipping and handling policies
We gladly accept PAYPAL, and POSTAL MONEY ORDERS. Additional plants ship for just $1.00 each. Shipping price also includes the price of transportation as well as packing materials as plants must be well packed to withstand shipping. Prior to shipment, all plants will be inspected, pruned, labeled, individually wrapped and banded, then placed securely in their box. This is done to ensure you receive quality plants. They will then be shipped via Priority mail after payment is received. This is done to ensure they arrive quickly and safely. Large orders may be sent FedEx. We reserve the right to hold shipments in extreme weather until plants can travel safely. For local customers who wish to pick up their order to save on shipping, please email us before ordering.
Native plant range and our shipping (PLEASE READ) Most of our plants are also found native to the Midwest, however that is generally the extent of their range. In an effort to keep our native plants native to their natural range, we do not ship west of the Great Plain States. This includes Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii. If you live in these states, please do not order.
Should there be any problems with your order, please notify us within 48 hours of receipt. Sometimes, despite our best care, plant can get dehydrated in transit. This is usually easily remedied, by soaking the plant in a shallow dish of water in a shady location for 1 -2 hours.