Mystery Solved…Mostly

During the winter a plant with large leaves sprouted in the garden.  I had no idea what it was, as I had planted a variety of annuals there to provide blooms for hummingbirds and butterflies and I wasn’t sure if it was one of them. The plant froze back twice during the winter and I never thought I would find out what it was. Finally, it revealed itself as an Ageratum.

I had originally planted these sweet little Ageratum that are tumbling down the rocks and now this really big one has appeared.  So I am asking the experts out there to explain this.  I think it is a throwback to its original form, before being miniaturized. I do have a Wild Ageratum (Mistflower) in the yard, but this is not the same.


8 Comments on “Mystery Solved…Mostly”

  1. shoreacres says:

    I just spotted some blue mistflower (Conoclinium coelestinumblooming this weekend. I’d never heard the name ageratum, but I see at the wildflower.org site that wild ageratum is a synonym for the blue mistflower. After looking at articles about the Ageratum genus, I’d guess that you have two different plants: one Ageratum and one Conoclinium that decided to move in. But I know so little that’s a pure guess!

  2. I would say the dwarf variety is not true to seed

  3. Christina says:

    A cross perhaps?

  4. tonytomeo says:

    That big one is really nice too! It would go better with wildflowers, especially if it was self sowing.
    My nasturtiums do that too. I sometimes plant particular varieties, and they of course revert back to the simple orange and yellow. The most stable ones take a few generations to revert. The unstable ones might revert after just two generations. I let them go like that because I happen to like them best, but will still sometimes plant particular varieties separately just to see what they are like. The climbing ones revert too, but will still be climbing, with less flowers and way too much foliage.

  5. Deb says:

    It’s on steroids!😉

  6. Chloris says:

    What a lovely surprise. I’m surprised it survived the winter. Mine turns up its toes at the first hint of frost.


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