The first time I saw Blue Mistflower at Seabourne Creek Butterfly Garden three years ago, I knew I liked it. I typically like any blue flower, and the fuzzy looking blossoms of this plant were by far the most popular bloom in the garden among the butterflies. I had to have one.
As soon as we found one for sale, we bought it and added it to our newly planted butterfly garden at home. It's a fall bloomer and has a sweet, pleasant fragrance. I was so happy!
But, here's what I didn't know about this plant: when a gardener (me) neglects gardening duties, Blue Mistflower becomes a beast.
The massive takeover happened sometime early in the summer and I let it be. Poor butterfly garden—so overgrown—later—I'll deal with you later—that's what I kept telling myself.
And, I will...but not right now.
Because you see, it's in full bloom and I think every butterfly in the neighborhood is hanging out in our garden!
Plant Blue Mistflower if you dare. Its ability to attract butterflies like a magnet may just outweigh its wild ways.