Botanical Name and Pronunciation:
Ageratum houstonianum (a-ge-RAY-tum hew-ston-ee-AH-tum)
blue, white, pink with some bicolor
Form and Size:
The stems of flossflower are 24 inches long with dense clusters of small flowers that look like tassels.
7 – 12 days
summer – mid-fall
Remove any leaves at the bottom of the stem, cut under water and place in fresh water with flower food.
History and Usage:
A member of the Compositae (aster) family, flossflower originated in Mexico and Central America. Its botanical name, Ageratum houstonianum, comes from William Houston, a Scottish physician, who used to collect the flowers. He died in 1733.
Points of Interest:
Relatives of flossflower include aster, sunflower, daisy and the chrysanthemum. Butterflies really enjoy flossflower.