Conoclinium coelestinum (L.) DC. - Blue Mistflower


 

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Conoclinium coelestinum - (image 1 of 4)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Asteraceae

Habitat

Woods, streambanks, meadows and fields.

Associates

 

Distribution

NY to IL and KS, south to FL, TX, and WI.

Morphology

Rhizomatous perennial; stems 30-90 cm, puberulent; leaves opposite, petiolate, crenate or crenate-serrate, deltoid-ovate, sometimes narrower, trinerved or triplinerved, sparsely appressed-hairy to subglabrous, often antomiferous-glandular; involucres 3-5 mm; involucral bracts narrow, firm, long-pointed, imbricate; receptacle conic; flowers 35-70, bright blue or violet.

Notes

Flowers July to October

Wetland Indicator: FAC

A nice plant for cultivation, staying relatively small and compact with abundant bright blue or violet flowers. Seems to be a little fussy, preferring a rich soil without a lot of competition but tolerant of drought.

References

 

Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.

The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY

 


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