Monday, October 1, 2012

Blue mistflower | Conoclinium coelestinum

After a visit to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center several years ago we became inspired and determined to incorporate native plants into our landscape. We had observed at the Center a flower of soft lavender/blue that I refer to as periwinkle blue and it was covered with butterflies. The local Redenta's Nursery carried many of the difficult to find native plants. 
Redenta's carried the Blue mistflower (Conoclinium coelestinum (L.) DC) so we added several to our landscape. They were prolific. I still like the blue mistflower in my garden but I just pull the volunteers before they take over areas where they are unwelcome. It is nice to have this cooling blue shade in late August and early September. The flower buds are just starting to pop open. 


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