Floss Flower

Ageratum houstonianum

Flossflower, Mexican Paintbrush, Bluemink, Blueweed, Pussy Foot

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A close up of a flower garden containing Ageratum houstonianum in flower with Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens in the background
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Ageratum houstonianum is a mound-forming, compact, bushy annual plant from the Asteraceae family. It produces downy, oval leaves and fluffy pale lilac-purple flowers. These appear from midsummer until the first frosts. Mulitple cultivars have been developed from this species, with a range of flower colours including blue, pink, purple, red and white. Attractive to bees and butterflies.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer

Propagation

Seed

From seed sown in early spring at 16-18°C. Can also be sown in autumn and overwintered at 10°C.

Special features

Attracts butterflies

Attracts bees

Attracts useful insects

Attractive flowers

Special features

Origin

Mexico, Central America

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Asteraceae

Flower colour

Purple

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