Blue mistflower
Conoclinium coelestinum

Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also moist to wet wildflower and butterfly gardens.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida.
Medium herbaceous wildflower.
Typically 1-2 feet in height. Usually taller than broad, but sometimes falling over and forming small patches.
Growth Rate:
Eastern and southern United States west to Texas and south to Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County mainland; Cuba. Naturalized in New York and Ontario.
Marshes and swamps.
Moist to wet, moderately well-drained to poorly-drained sandy, calcareous or organic soils, with or without humusy top layer.
Nutritional Requirements:
Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
Drought Tolerance:
Moderate to low; requires moist to wet soils, but tolerant of short periods of drought once established.
Light Requirements:
Light shade to full sun.
Flower Color:
Flower Characteristics:
Flowering Season:
Inconspicuous achene.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Nectar plant for obscure skipper (Panoquina panoquinoides), salt marsh skipper (Panoquina panoquin), southern broken-dash (Wallengrenia otho), three-spotted skipper (Cymaenes tripunctus) and other butterflies. Attracts bee pollinators.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed.
See also the Florida Wildflower Foundation's Flower Friday page.

James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida
George D. Gann, 2015
In habitat, Long Pine Key, Everglades National Park, Florida
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton
Keith A. Bradley
Keith A. Bradley