Native Plant Highlights

What’s in Bloom | Mistflower

September 11, 2020

Mistflower (Conoclinium coelestinum) is a perennial forb native to all of Virginia. The species is tolerant of moist, well-drained soils, but not poorly-drained or droughty soils. It can be seen growing in a wide variety of meadow habitats.

Mistflower grows to a height of 3 to 4 feet and has leaves that are oppositely-arranged oval-shaped, toothed, 3 inches long and 2 inches wide. The flowers are round flat clusters of small blue/purple flowers 1 to 3 inches in diameter.

Benefits to Biodiversity | The blue flower is a relatively rare color in native wildflowers, which makes it an attractive addition to native landscapes. It is a high value pollinator habitat plant. Its late blooming date adds to its value as a pollinator habitat and a landscape plant.

Written content contributed by Bob Glennon, NRCS

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