Flossflower, Bluemink, Ageratum houstonianum, Kentlands Photowalk

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Flossflower, Bluemink, Ageratum houstonianum, Kentlands Photowalk 

 

These small flowers often provide color in front of white picket fences in Kentlands. Ageratum houstonianum, commonly known as flossflower, bluemink, blueweed, pussy foot or Mexican paintbrush, is a cool-season annual plant often grown as bedding in gardens.

The ordinary Ageratum is a perennial, herbaceous plant or a dwarf, or shrub. The plant grows to 0.3–1 m high, with ovate to triangular leaves 2–7 cm long, and blue flowerheads (sometimes white, pink, or purple). The flower heads are borne in dense corymbs. The ray flowers are threadlike and fluff-haired, leading to the common name. The narrow lanceolate bracts are pointed, denticulate only at the top and glandular hairy. The flowering period is from May to November in the northern hemisphere.

Ageratum has evolved a unique method of protecting itself from insects: it produces a methoprene-like compound which interferes with the normal function of the corpus allatum, the organ responsible for secreting juvenile hormone during insect growth and development. This chemical triggers the next molting cycle to prematurely develop adult structures, and can render most insects sterile if ingested in large enough quantities.

 

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Flossflower, Bluemink, Ageratum houstonianum, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA IMG 4478
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Photograph by Roy Kelley
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Realty Group Referrals (Retired from RE/MAX Realty Group)

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Gaithersburg, MD 20879

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Barbara Todaro
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Good morning, Roy Kelley what a beautiful flower.... different from traditional petals.... looks like a pretty mop.... 

Oct 10, 2019 04:16 AM #1
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Wayne Martin
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Good morning Roy. Thanks for sharing your photo. Interesting flower. Enjoy your day!

Oct 10, 2019 04:38 AM #4
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Grant Schneider
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Good morning Roy Kelley -  thanks for sharing your photo walk flower pictures. 

Oct 10, 2019 06:21 AM #5
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Krystin Mitchell, CPA CFE
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Hi Roy - such a beautiful flower! Have a great day. 

Oct 10, 2019 07:33 AM #11
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Will Hamm
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Hello Roy Kelley now that is a interesting flower,  have never seen it before.  Thanks for sharing with us.  We are all white outside already.

 

Oct 10, 2019 08:19 AM #13
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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It almost looks like the perfect feather duster, Roy.  And, it has an amazing color too.

Oct 10, 2019 08:39 AM #14
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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CONGRATULATIONS Roy, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Oct 10, 2019 08:39 AM #15
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Roy,

What a beauty, and of course beautifully photographed by you.  I had these growing in my Los Angeles garden, and see them occasionally here.  A

Oct 10, 2019 08:49 AM #16
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Joan Cox
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Roy, what a neat looking flower, and have never seen it before.  My geraniums were doing so well yesterday, and still had tomatoes on my plants, so brought them all in.   Warm weather will be back!

Oct 10, 2019 09:04 AM #17
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Raymond Henson
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I have never seen that flower before.  I will have to look for it next time I am out looking for flowers for the yard.

Oct 10, 2019 09:27 AM #18
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Brian England
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You always share the most beautiful flowers and most of them I have never seen before!

Oct 10, 2019 10:23 AM #19
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Roy Kelley
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Myrl Jeffcoat 

Thank you very much for the feature recognition. It is much appreciated.

Oct 10, 2019 10:42 AM #21
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Roy - white picket fences may be the ideal backdrop to showcase flowers of all kinds.  

Oct 11, 2019 08:53 AM #22
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Good morning Roy Kelley - What a pretty flower! I never saw or heard of this kind before. I sure like it a lot!

Oct 12, 2019 07:25 AM #24
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Dörte Engel
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Dear Roy,

I thought this plant was called Midwestern foam flower. I think, I have a bunch & have seen them pop up at neighbors, usually under trees or near the overhanging branches of bushes. Birds seem to love the seeds.

Nov 08, 2019 06:14 AM #28
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Roy Kelley
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@dorte eDörte Engel

This is not the foamflower plant.

Foamflower

Nov 08, 2019 09:56 AM #30
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Roy Kelley
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Thanks so much for stopping by. It is always good to hear from you.

Nov 08, 2019 09:57 AM #31
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