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White Mistflower: What a Magnet for All Kinds of Pollinators!

By frostweed
December 1, 2013

Just at the time when most flowering plants are going to rest for the winter, this plant explodes into gorgeous blooms that cover the entire plant.

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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Nov 30, 2013 10:11 PM CST
Never heard of this shrub before but now I'm going to have to get one!!!!
Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Dec 1, 2013 12:29 AM CST
I clicked on the database White Mistflower (Ageratina havanensis) and found it's hardy to 7b. It would have to be grown as an annual for me in zone 6a in northern KY, but blooming that late, I'd probably wouldn't grow it.

But, for those who have a warmer zone, what a great plant to grow! Thumbs up

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CarolineScott
Dec 1, 2013 6:38 AM CST
I had not heard of this plant, probably because it would not be hardy here.
Thanks for sharing it with us.
Perhaps it has hardier relatives? I'll need to look for them.
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Dec 1, 2013 6:52 AM CST
I have only recently gotten interested in shrubs so my knowledge of them is very limited. I'm sure that's why I have never heard of it, or if I did, it flew right over my head. I will be doing some research now to find out where I can get one. I think it would work really well for me down here in the south.
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Dec 1, 2013 7:13 AM CST
Anyone know how to add this to my "want" list? So far I cannot find anywhere online to purchase.
Name: Vickie
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blue23rose
Dec 1, 2013 7:17 AM CST
Living in zone 6b, this shrub might make it here, but I have never seen it before that I can remember. What a great addition to the late fall garden that would be! It certainly is a beauty!
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flaflwrgrl
Dec 1, 2013 7:45 AM CST
abhege said:Anyone know how to add this to my "want" list? So far I cannot find anywhere online to purchase.


Arlene, go to the plant in the database. On the left hand side scroll down to where you see a white rectangular box with a header of "Adding Actions", scroll down & you will see in bold print "Plant list", directly under that is a blue box which says "add this plant to your list" click on that & viola'! Smiling
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Dec 1, 2013 9:50 AM CST
That's a beauty, Jo. I have Ageratina altissima and I do enjoy it so much. In the fall, the white flowers stand out at the edge of the woods behind us.
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Name: Jean
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qwilter
Dec 1, 2013 9:54 AM CST
What a lovely specimen. Now to find one for my yard. I even have the perfect spot, right in front of the house, nestled next to the red turks cap hibiscus. What a show that would be in the Winter.
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plantladylin
Dec 1, 2013 11:19 AM CST
Josephine: Wow, White Mistflower (Ageratina havanensis) is a beautiful shrub and one I think I might have to look for too! Double bonus when it has fragrant blooms!
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fiwit
Dec 1, 2013 1:29 PM CST
abhege said:Never heard of this shrub before but now I'm going to have to get one!!!!


What she said. nodding
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abhege
Dec 1, 2013 1:44 PM CST
I found a nursery in Texas but they don't ship plants! He suggested if I knew someone at Ft. Bragg, but I don't. DS will be flying into Texas overnight, but not close enough! too far for a nursery run, even though I am open to some long distance runs, it won't be happening this time. Thumbs down
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abhege
Dec 1, 2013 1:46 PM CST
Ann, thank you! Going to add it to my list now.

And if I find it somewhere that will ship, or seeds, I'll let everyone know! Thumbs up
Name: josephine
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frostweed
Dec 1, 2013 2:20 PM CST
O.K. Everybody, the seeds are not mature yet, but if any of you would like to get some, please treemail me and I will send you my address so you can send me a self stamped self addressed envelope, and I will send you seeds as soon as they ripen, which should be a week or two.

I am glad to see that this shrub has stirred a lot of excitement, it is amazing and should be used more.
Hopefully now if you all get the seeds it will be more widespread for the benefit of pollinators, and the enjoyment of the people who watch them and appreciate them.

The two shrubs I showed are at a butterfly garden that I started seven years ago. I have some at home too but they are not as beautiful as the ones pictured, I guess the conditions are just right there,

Thank you all for the interest, the acorns and the thumbs up, it has been a lot of fun.

Josephine.

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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Dec 1, 2013 2:26 PM CST
You are a DOLL!!! Treemail sent!!!
Name: Jean
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qwilter
Dec 1, 2013 2:39 PM CST
abhege - where is the Nursery in TX? I have friends scattered about over there.
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abhege
Dec 1, 2013 2:50 PM CST
Wright's Nursery, 6040 FM 2657, Briggs, Texas

Good Luck!

I have a friend in Austin, which is fairly close, but not the kind of friend who would run up there and get one for me, and then ship it to me. Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
Name: Jean
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qwilter
Dec 1, 2013 8:32 PM CST
thanks
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fiwit
Dec 2, 2013 7:44 AM CST
Jo, I'd like to share some seeds with my semi-local native nursery. They don't currently carry it, but it would be a great addition to their stock. Would it bother you if I did that?
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frostweed
Dec 2, 2013 7:46 AM CST
Of course not, share away, I will send enough for both of you. Smiling
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