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Eupatorium coelestinum (hardy ageratum, blue mistflower)
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Eupatorium coelestinum

hardy ageratum, blue mistflower

(syn. Conoclinium coelestinum)

Fuzzy blue flowers atop attractive red stems, in September and October, make great cut flowers. This plant can be aggressive in Southern gardens. Found in old fields, meadows, and along stream banks. Naturalizes readily.

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Height

2-3 Feet

Spread

2 Feet

Spacing

12-18 Inches

Bloom Color

Blue

USDA Hardiness Zone 6-11

hardy ageratum, blue mistflower Interesting Notes

Eupatorium coelestinum, or hardy ageratum, is a cheerful perennial that loves moist, full-sun situations. It grows 2’-3’ tall and is covered in fuzzy blue flowers from September to October. Great for late season interest in the garden, this plant has bright green foliage contrasting with red stems. A rhizomatous species that naturalizes readily, hardy ageratum can be aggressive in Southern gardens. The genus Eupatorium was split into three genera recently and hardy ageratum is now Conoclinium coelestinum – however, many in the trade still call it by Eupatorium.


Eupatorium coelestinum is an eastern American native forb found in moist woods, thickets, and along stream banks. Highly adaptable to a wide range of soil and light conditions, including shade, high pH, and clay soils, hardy ageratum is best suited for applications where it can generously grow and spread its roots.


A late addition to one of the rain gardens on the property, Eupatorium coelestinum carpets the silt soil with beautiful blooms when other plants are wrapping up. We love how it handles soggy roots in the winter and provides nectar to swallowtails and other pollinators. It receives its common name for its similar appearance to the annual flower, ageratum, but this one grows taller, looser, and comes back year after year. 

Eupatorium coelestinum Growing and Maintenance Tips

Moist soil; sun to partial shade; found in moist woods, thickets, and along stream banks. For propagation, seeds will germinate readily but clump division in the spring is the usual method.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Full Shade
Full Shade
Part Sun
Part Sun
Moist
Moist
Pollinator-friendly
Pollinator-friendly
Songbird-friendly
Songbird-friendly
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Cut Flower
Cut Flower

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Average
Green Infrastructure
Meadow/Prairie
Erosion Control
Bioretention/Rain Garden
Wetland Indicator Status
Falcutative (FAC)
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
For Animals
Caution: Toxic
Attributes
Clay Tolerance
Native to North America
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Fall
Propagation Type
Open pollinated