The blue mistflower is like a lime-green carpet woven with lavender-blue puff balls. Not only are they lovely to look at, but are a magnet for late-season butterflies.

Do you remember that scene in the old Snow White Disney film where she runs her hands through some flowers and butterflies rise up in clusters flitting all around her? That’s the way I feel when I walk along the garden path and bend down to take a closer look. Up from the frothy blue and green expanse dance at least ten or more butterflies from several species. My joy bubbles up. I want to break out in song, even though I don’t sing! All nature’s gaiety is captured at that moment and sows a giggle in my heart.

Blue mistflower is considered by some a wildflower, but I look at it as a reliable, disease-free perennial that brings me and my butterflies joy year after year. It is a nectar source for all pollinators, a special value to native bees. Blue mistflower is also a favorite with botanists who recognize the worth of attracting predatory insects that prey upon pest insects.

You can purchase seeds from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center In Texas.

Which flowers elicit effervescent joy in you?

Like wildflowers, you must allow yourself to grow in all the places people thought you never would.

Suzanne Nicoll

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