Wild Florida Photo - Conoclinium coelestinum

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Conoclinium coelestinum

BLUE MISTFLOWER

Florida native

 

A common perennial wildflower of floodplain forests, wet hammocks and pond margins in nearly all of Florida. The range extends throughout the southeastern United States, west into Texas to Nebraska and north to Michigan & New York. An introduced species in Ontario.
Growing up to 100cm (40 in.), but more frequently 30-90cm (1-3 ft.) the stems are covered with short hairs. Leaves are opposite, triangular to heart-shaped, with short petioles. The leaf surface is deeply veined and the margins are toothed (crenate-serate). The inflorescence lacks ray flowers. Thirty-five to seventy blue-purple disk flowers make up each discoid head. These heads are numerous in terminal corymbs, appearing in late spring in south Florida. Blue mistflower blooms through summer and fall in most of its range.
A queen butterfly is pictured here nectaring on blue mistflowers.

 
Conoclinium coelestinum is a member of the Asteraceae - Aster family.