Maryland Blogger: Flossflower, Bluemink, Ageratum houstonianum, Kentlands Photowalk

Flossflower, Bluemink, Ageratum houstonianum, Kentlands Photowalk

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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Comment balloon 17 commentsRoy Kelley • October 10 2019 11:10AM

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

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) about 1 month ago

Good morning Roy. Thanks for sharing your photo. Interesting flower. Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) about 1 month ago

Good morning Roy Kelley -  thanks for sharing your photo walk flower pictures. 

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) about 1 month ago

Hi Roy - such a beautiful flower! Have a great day. 

Posted by Krystin Mitchell, CPA CFE, I help clients resolve IRS tax matters (KLSM CPA Firm, PLLC) about 1 month ago

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.

 

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) about 1 month ago

It almost looks like the perfect feather duster, Roy.  And, it has an amazing color too.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 1 month ago

CONGRATULATIONS Roy, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 1 month ago

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

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) about 1 month ago

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!

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) about 1 month ago

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.

Posted by Raymond Henson, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) about 1 month ago

You always share the most beautiful flowers and most of them I have never seen before!

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) about 1 month ago

Myrl Jeffcoat 

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

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 1 month ago

Hello Roy - white picket fences may be the ideal backdrop to showcase flowers of all kinds.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 about 1 month ago

Good morning Roy Kelley - What a pretty flower! I never saw or heard of this kind before. I sure like it a lot!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) about 1 month ago

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.

Posted by Dörte Engel, ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland (RE/MAX Leading Edge) 11 days ago

@dorte eDörte Engel

This is not the foamflower plant.

Foamflower

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 11 days ago

Thanks so much for stopping by. It is always good to hear from you.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 11 days ago

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