Have you heard of Gregg’s Blue Mistflower, one of our favorite hot-weather pollinator plants? If you haven’t, today is your lucky day because we are giving Gregg’s Blue Mistflower a proper shout out. This pollinator attracting plant brings the butterflies in droves and grows quickly providing rapid beauty in your landscape.
It’s no wonder Gregg’s Blue Mistflower became the unofficial pollinator plant of San Antonio in 2019. The beauty of the lilac-blue, fuzzy flowers that cover Gregg’s Blue Mistflower in abundance is reason enough to love this plant. Add the massive amount of pollinators that make a “beeline” to partake of nectar, and it’s easy to see why Gregg’s Blue Mistflower makes the list as one of our favorite hot-weather, pollinator-attracting plants in San Antonio.
4 Reasons San Antonio Loves Gregg’s Blue Mistflower
1. Gregg’s Blue Mistflower is low maintenance. With virtually no pest or disease issues, you will spend very little time “taking care” of your plant.
In fact, because Gregg’s Blue Mistflower grows so easily and rapidly, like a groundcover, most of your maintenance might be:
- trimming established plants back in May to keep it full and lush.
- dividing it after last frost by cutting a chunk down to the roots and replanting it in a new area.
- trimming it in late winter/early spring to encourage new growth.
Make sure you have plenty of room to plant Gregg’s Blue Mistflower. While it only reaches heights of about 2 feet, it spreads easily by roots and can quickly take over a garden bed. Plant Gregg’s Blue Mistflower in sunny to part shade areas (a little shade in the afternoon during the hottest time of day is appreciated).
Gregg’s Mistflower (front plant) spreads easily by roots so give it space or contain it with clear borders.
2. Little water is needed for Gregg’s Blue Mistflower. Once your plant is established, it basically gets by on natural rainfall (supplemental watering may be needed in extreme and extended periods of drought). You should make sure to plant Gregg’s Blue Mistflower in an area that drains well.
3. Gregg’s Blue Mistflower is reliable. This perennial comes back year after year to add delight to your landscape with powdery-blue flowers set against a chartreuse foliage backdrop. Drought-tolerant, heat loving, and root hardy to 0°, Gregg’s Blue Mistflower is the perfect, native perennial selection for our San Antonio climate.
4. But we’ve saved the best for last when it comes to Gregg’s Blue Mistflower. Blooming through spring, summer, and fall, you get to feed the pollinators through multiple seasons. While the plant blooms three seasons of the year, you will find that the fall blooms brings the most amazing show. It is then that Gregg’s Blue Mistflower gets covered in migrating Monarchs, Queens, and every other butterfly that passes by. The sight is truly spectacular!
If you love butterflies, easy-to-care-for-plants, native perennials, and fast results from a blooming plant, Gregg’s Blue Mistflower is the perfect San Antonio choice for you.
~The Happy Gardener, Lisa Mulroy