Conoclinium coelestinum Syn: Eupatorium coelestinum
(Linnaeus) H.P. deCandolle
Asteraceae (Composite Sunflower) Family
Plant is an upright or reclining perennial with a rhizome from which new growth emerges. Preferred habitat is the edge of streams, woods and moist ditches. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
Leaves are opposite on the stem, consisting of a whole part, stalked, egg-shaped to lance-like and tapering to the tip with sides less than equal. Margins are toothed and the leaf base is wedge shaped.
Flowers are flat-top clusters at the tip of a new growth stem. Each flower is bisexual in nature, tubular and symmetrical in form. The color is light blue to purple. Flowers occur in summer and autumn.
Fruit is a seed which outer layer is fused to it (achene).
Plants are easily adapted to the domestic garden.