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Ageratina havanensis

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Ageratina havanensis Flowers and Buds 7775

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I took this closeup of Ageratina havanensis flowers and buds on the west side of Mopac on November 5th. Common names for this bush include Havana snakeroot, shrubby boneset, and white mistflower. Don’t you like the way the pink buds are packed into little honeycomb-like bundles?

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

November 29, 2013 at 6:00 AM

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  1. Tellement beau Steve!


    November 29, 2013 at 6:05 AM

  2. Extremely delicate portrait Steve. It looks as though it should be fragrant. Is it?


    November 29, 2013 at 6:50 AM

    • It does have an aroma, and one that attracts lots of insects, and while I don’t find it unpleasant, I don’t especially enjoy it, either.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 29, 2013 at 7:58 AM

  3. 🌷 Beautiful photo!

    Midwestern Plant Girl

    November 29, 2013 at 7:12 AM

  4. Looks like a sea anemone.


    November 29, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    • I live over 200 miles from the nearest seacoast, but fortunately I have to go no further than about half a mile from home to find several of these bushes.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 29, 2013 at 8:06 AM

  5. I remembered the word havanensis and found several more beautiful photos in your archives. You can’t find anything like this at a black Friday sale.


    November 29, 2013 at 7:24 AM

    • Now that’s a timely but still unexpected reference this morning: it made me think of the Beatles’ song “Can’t Buy Me Love.” It also made me wonder if you might find one of these for sale today at a plant nursery after all.

      Yes, I’ve showed similar closeups of this species before, but I figure a portrait once each fall isn’t too often. In looking back now, I remember that I’ve showed more than one in some years because these plants have been extending their blooming season through the winter, and I’ve even found some flowers months before their traditional time.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 29, 2013 at 8:18 AM

  6. Yes, I most certainly do like it! Sweet and delicate, this. I suspect it might be at least distantly related to the cloudy bluish Ageratums that were in my Tacoma garden, given the similarity of form and name.


    November 29, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    • For me it went the other way: from the Ageratina I’ve grown familiar with here, I’ve learned about the existence of Ageratum (and other genera of “mistflowers”).

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 29, 2013 at 2:44 PM

  7. I will never look at this common wildflower quite the same again….the magnification truly reveals the unseen beauty.


    November 29, 2013 at 7:51 PM

  8. It has a lovely texture. I love the ‘Havana Snakeroot’ name. I just posted all the Spanish names for Euphorbia heterophylla, and they are even more numerous (and varied) than the English names. I was surprised to find it with some white on its leaves. I’ve read the wilder it becomes, the more it loses the white tone.

    Maria F.

    November 29, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    • I’ve been trying to learn why people called this plant a snakeroot, but so far I haven’t found an explanation. Vernacular names are sometimes strange, and not necessarily grounded in fact.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 29, 2013 at 9:30 PM

      • I suppose you’d have to explore the root system to see if it’s grounded on fact. Otherwise, it could also be the snake-like appearance of either the stamens or pistils that seem ‘snake-like’ on the flower itself.

        Maria F.

        November 29, 2013 at 9:57 PM

        • And there’s also the possibility that people believed the root was helpful in treating snake bites.

          Steve Schwartzman

          November 30, 2013 at 9:17 AM

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