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Fragrant Mist Flower, Shrubby Boneset, Eupatorium, Boneset, Thoroughwort, Barba de Viejo
Eupatorium havanense (Ageratina havanensis, E. ageratifolium)

Asteraceae (Compsitae)

An open shrub with slender branches that can reach six feet tall, fragrant mist flower explodes in the fall with masses of white, fuzzy, very fragrant flowers that act as a magnet to hummingbirds, butterflies, and a plethora of other insects. It is found on limestone hills and rocky ravines in the Edwards Plateau, Trans-Pecos and into Mexico. The light green, triangular-shaped leaves are 1 to 3 inches long and have wavy edges. Like E. wrightii, it is more tolerant of dry conditions than are most Eupatoriums, although it will tolerate poorly drained areas as well. It grows in partly shaded to mostly sunny sites, but will bloom more profusely with more sun. Fragrant mist flower makes a showy fall plant in the garden, or can be used massed as an understory or edge plant in more naturalized sites. Heavy shearing in the winter will promote a denser shape and more flowers the following year, since the long-lasting blooms appear only on new wood.

Plant Habit or Use: medium shrub

Exposure: sun
partial sun

Flower Color: white

Blooming Period: fall

Fruit Characteristics: five-angled achene

Height: 2 to 6 feet

Width: 2 to 6 feet

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: alkaline

USDA Hardiness Zone: 8

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