Gregg’s Mistflower

Conoclinium greggii, Eupatorium greggii, Conoclinium dissectum

If you were given the choice of only choosing one plant with the purpose of attracting butterflies, this would be the one. If there are butterflies in the area, any species of butterfly, they will be fluttering about on this plant, feeding on the nectar of the mistflower.

Spadefoot Nursery

There is a groundcover species Conoclinium greggii, and a shrubby one, Chromolaena odorata; both have an alkaloid in their nectar that Monarchs and Queens use to attract mates. Add a host plant and let the party get started :-).

Flowers: J F M A M J J A S O N D
Status: Native
Origin: West Texas to southeast Arizona
Family: Asteraceae (Asters)
Size: up to 2′ tall
Sun: Full to part shade (prefers light filtered shade in the low desert)
Watering: Moderate
Growth Rate: Moderate
Soil: Sandy soil, loam or limestone-derived soil between 3,500- and 6,000-feet elevation
Temperature: Hardy to 0 degrees F
Pruning: Cut back any dead stems in late winter, and if the plants overwinter without dying back, cut them to ground level, as they will resprout from underground stems called rhizomes.
Disease and Pests:
Uses: Host for Rawson’s Metalmark
Notes: A good ground cover that spreads by roots. May freeze to ground in winter, but hardy to 0 degrees.