Welcome to my Wildflower Wednesday post, to see other wildflowers click on the link for hostess Gail's Clay and Limestone blog, this month she is featuring Blue Mist Flower, formerly Eupatorium coelestinum, don't you hate those name changes. I wanted to grow this for the beautiful flowers, and ordered one from Prairie Nursery along with some other plants, but they all grew but this one, however, 5 tiny seedlings emerged in the pot, and grew, and assuming they are the correct plant are now 6" tall and I just planted them out, so perhaps next year they will bloom. Prairie Nursery is sending me a replacement in the fall. Gail's lovely photos are giving me a bad case of plant lust. A problem with it is that it likes moist to wet soil (great for a boggy place!) but with the PNW dry summers, not so great, but I'm planting a couple by my leaky lawn hose bib where the ground tends to be soggy.
This month I'm featuring Holodiscus discolor, commonly known as Oceanspray, Ironwood, or Cream Bush. It blooms in late spring. with a frothy cascade of tiny 5 petalled fragrant flowers attractive to butterflies and other insects. It is common along roadsides since it tends to move into disturbed ground. Mine are at the edge of the woods along one side of my property.
The wood is very dense, so was used by the Native Americans for arrows, knitting needles, and joining pegs. Mine tend to flop, so I have cut back or propped them.
The spent flowers tend to turn brown and are not very attractive, best trimmed off if time permits.
Thanks for visiting, Hannah