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Conoclinium greggii: Gregg's Mistflower

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Form: Herb.
Lifespan: Perennial.
Growth rate: Moderate.
Mature Size: 1-2' high.
Flowers: Light blue to purple, clustered at stem tips, no petals, long threadlike stigmas have a fluffy appearance.
Bloom: Spring through fall.
Fruit: Seed.
Leaves: Green, finely divided.
Stems: Long, weak, green to brownish. No thorns.
Roots: Spreads by rhizomes to form colonies. Not overly invasive and easily eradicated.
Wildlife: Male Queen and Monarch butterflies are drawn to this plant and use a chemical in its nectar to attract females. It is most attractive to butterflies when partly shaded. Browsed by mammals; enclose within rabbit proof fence 18" high for best results.
Toxic / Danger: None reported.
Origin: Arizona through Texas and Mexico.

Cultivation and Uses
USDA hardiness zones: 7-10.
Heat tolerant: Yes.
Drought tolerant: Yes.
Sun: Full sun to part shade.
Water once established: Low water in part shade or moderate water in full sun.
Soil: pH 6.6-7.8 (neutral to slightly alkaline). This desert plant is often found alongside dry stream beds.
Mulch: Organic or small rock pebbles.
Prune: Cut back in winter or cut to ground. Pull out to eradicate.
Litter: Low.
Propagation: Seed or root division. Plant reseeds easily.
Uses: An outstanding butterfly attractor in regions where Queen or Monarch butterflies visit.

Former scientific names: Eupatorium greggii and Conoclinium dissectum. Long blooming. Look carefully, and you will see four Queen butterflies in the center picture.

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Conoclinium greggii: Gregg's Mistflower - flowers

Conoclinium greggii: Gregg's Mistflower - with butterflies

Conoclinium greggii: Gregg's Mistflower