|I removed too much of it when I expanded the agastache and coreopsis presence in the garden~I'll fix it!|
|I love the small, soft-blue, fuzzy flowers that begin blooming in late August|
Conoclinium coelestinum is a tall, graceful, eastern North American native wildflower that begins blooming in late August (Middle South) and continues through early fall. The lilac-blue flowers add a softness to late summer and fall gardens when rough and tumble flowers like the Susans, Goldenrods, Cup Plant, Verbesinas, Joe-Pye weeds and Ironweeds are making a large and loud scene. It's especially beautiful when allowed to naturalize and make its own big statement.
There's the rub, you have to be willing to let this plant do its thing to get the big effect of it's lovely misty presence. That means living with the rough, but not unattractive leaves until the summer wains and the blooming begins.
|flat topped flower clusters top the attractive red stems make great cut flowers|
|A nectar rich plant|
|compact corymbs or clusters with up to 70 flowers per cluster|
Whether it's a bluish purple flower or a purplish blue flower~It a lovely plant for a natural garden and by late summer forms a open mound about 2 feet tall (a little taller in shade). But, don't rule it out for your more formal gardens, cut it back by half in early summer and you'll have a nice clump by early fall. Those tall red stems keep it from sprawling and looking messy.
|Someone wrote that its the perfect color for the low light of the autumn sun. I think so, too.|
Here's the particulars!
Moist soil; sun to partial shade; found in moist woods, thickets, and along stream banks from New Jersey, west to Wisconsin and Kansas, and south to Texas and Florida.
|•||Butterflies~A great nectar source but, not a host plant.|
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Gail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone. She reminds all that the words and images are the property of the author and cannot be used without written permission.