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Blue mistflower
Conoclinium coelestinum
Asteraceae


General Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also moist to wet wildflower and butterfly gardens.
Availability:
Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida.
Description:
Medium herbaceous wildflower.
Dimensions:
Typically 1-2 feet in height. Usually taller than broad, but sometimes falling over and forming small patches.
Growth Rate:
Fast.
Range:
Eastern and southern United States west to Texas and south to Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County mainland; Cuba. Naturalized in New York and Ontario.
Habitats:
Marshes and swamps.
Soils:
Moist to wet, moderately well-drained to poorly-drained sandy, calcareous or organic soils, with or without humusy top layer.
Nutritional Requirements:
Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
Drought Tolerance:
Moderate to low; requires moist to wet soils, but tolerant of short periods of drought once established.
Light Requirements:
Light shade to full sun.
Flower Color:
Bluish-pink.
Flower Characteristics:
Showy.
Flowering Season:
Summer-fall.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous achene.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Nectar plant for obscure skipper (Panoquina panoquinoides), salt marsh skipper (Panoquina panoquin), southern broken-dash (Wallengrenia otho), three-spotted skipper (Cymaenes tripunctus) and other butterflies.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed.


 


George D. Gann, 16 March 2015
In habitat, Long Pine Key, Everglades National Park, Florida
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton
Keith A. Bradley
Keith A. Bradley