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Ageratina havanensis – White Mistflower

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Ageratina havanensis - White Mistflower

Ageratina havanensis – White Mistflower

or Shrubby Boneset, or Havana Snakeroot, or any number of common names…Still producing blooms in February, somewhat outside of its “normal”  span…

Phyciodes phaon – Phaon Crescent on Ageratina havanensis – White Mistflower

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Phyciodes phaon - Phaon Crescent on Ageratina havanensis - White Mistflower

Phyciodes phaon – Phaon Crescent on Ageratina havanensis – White Mistflower

An Ageratina by any other name…

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Ageratina havanensis,  also known as  Eupatorium havanense, usually blooms in October and November, but this year it is blooming in May. Most plants don’t have two scientific names, but the one common thing about this small perennial is that it has several common names: Shrubby Boneset, White Mistflower, Thoroughwort, and Havana Snakeroot to name most of them. In other locations I’ve observed it in October or November, it has been covered with a variety of butterflies, but not so in my yard at this time of year. One wonders why…

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