Greg’s Mist Flower is a spectacular addition to the late summer/fall border. This butterfly magnet will attract a host of butterflies to the garden including large numbers of Queens and Monarchs. Tough and easy to grow, this perennial dies back in winter but will return each spring. The lavender-blue flowers combine easily with other fall blooming perennials.
Nectar is relished by Queen butterflies
Bloom time coincides with the Monarch migration
Perfect fall blooming alternative to mums
Long lasting, colorful blooms
Easy to grow, responds well to pruning
Provides awesome color in groups
Frequent along stream beds and overflow areas in the Trans-Pecos, east to Edwards Plateau and Rio Grande Plains. Sand, loam, clay or limestone. Seasonally flooded stream beds; plains; overflow areas Elevation: 3500 to 6000 ft.
Native Range: Western Texas to southeastern Arizona and northern Mexico.
Relished by Queen butterflies, particularly the males who seek out an alkaloid in the flower that is later used to attract female butterflies.
Mistflower needs watering about once a week to look its best. Plants freeze back in the winter, but sprout from the base the following spring. Best planted in spring where it will get at least a half a days full sun. Add some sand to heavy soils to improve drainage, and use rocks to help support plants. Water thoroughly after planting, and twice a week thereafter until established.