Butterfly Garden Plant Eupatorium coelestinum Mistflower

Butterfly Garden Plants


(Eupatorium coelestinum or Conoclinium coelestinum)

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Mistflower with skipper

Mistflower with skipper

While it can appear weedy early in the growing season, Mistflower redeems itself in the fall. Fitting in both naturalistic gardens as well as gardens with a more formal design, the purple-blue flowers often last until frost.

Clumps of plants form by underground rhizomes and Mistflower can become aggressive if properly located but is easy to quickly pull out if need be. Despite it’s early season drawbacks, Mistflower is easy to grow, blooms reliably and prolifically, and it’s flower color shines beautifully in the lower fall sunlight.

Importance as a butterfly nectar source:
A great source of late season nectar for a variety of butterflies.

Importance as a caterpillar food source:
Mistflower is not used as a caterpillar host plant


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USDA Hardiness Zone 5 to 10
Bloom Period August to October
Bloom Color Blue
Plant Height 18 to 36 inches
Plant Spread 18 to 36 inches
Light Exposure Full sun to light shade
Soil Moisture Moist to wet
Animal/Disease Problems None


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Eupatorium coelestinum or Conoclinium coelestinum







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Plant rating scale ranges from 0 to 3. Plants rating 3 are the most useful for butterfly gardens. For more details on the ratings, see Native Plant Ratings

Garden Rating 3
Nectar Rating 3
Caterpillar Rating 0


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