MIST FLOWER
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Conoclinium coelestinum   (L. ) DC.
[=Eupatorium coelestinum L.]
Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, Newton County, Missouri
Perennial
Height: 10-36 inches
Family: Asteraceae - Sunflower Family
Flowering Period:   July, August, September,October
Also Called: Blue boneset, blue mistflower.
Stems: Erect, ascending, or occasionally decumbent, 1-few, unbranched or few- to several-branched below inflorescence, moderately to densely short-hairy.
Leaves: Opposite, triangular to ovate, 4/5 to 4 inches long, 4/5 to 2 inches wide, glabrous or minutely hairy, usually along veins; veins 3, conspicuous, 2 lateral veins arising above base as branches of mid-vein; margins toothed or shallowly scalloped; tips tapering to sharp points; stalks 1/8 to 4/5 inch long.
Inflorescences: Panicle of small clusters terminating branches, flat-topped or dome-shaped; involucre 1/8 to 1/5 inch tall; involucral bracts 18-30, narrowly elliptic to narrowly lanceolate, usually in 2-3 weakly overlapping series, firm; tips long-pointed, often purplish; ray florets absent; disk florets 35-70, blue to blue-violet or purple.
Fruits: Achene, slightly wedge-shaped, 1/16 to 1/10 inch long, 5-ribbed, glabrous, dark brown to black, tipped with hair-like bristles, enclosing small seed.
Habitat: Moist, alluvial woods, stream banks, wet meadows, lake shores, ditches, disturbed sites, roadsides; moist loam, sandy or calcareous soils.
Distribution: Southeast and northeast corners of Kansas.
Origin: Native
Comments: Mist flower spreads quickly and sometimes becomes a problem.

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Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, Newton County, Missouri
Mist flower leaves
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Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, Newton County, Missouri
Mist flower
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Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, Newton County, Missouri
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Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, Newton County, Missouri
Mist flower
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Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, Newton County, Missouri