One of my first garden loves was this native hardy ageratum - Eupatorium coelestinum - that was growing wild (of course) under the trees in our back yard when we moved in back in 2003.
|in the budding stage|
|Still in the budding stage - when in full bloom this will be a sea of blue.|
Hardy Ageratum is in the same family as Joe Pye Weed, attracts butterflies, tolerates poor soil, and is a good cut flower. It's hardy in Zones 6-10 and is native to Eastern North Carolina.
"None can have a healthy love for flowers
unless he loves the wild ones."
- Forbes Watson