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Ageratina havanensis Flowering 7384

There’s nothing unusual about these flowers of Ageratina havanensis per se, but the fact that I found them in Austin on June 8—and other blossoming specimens of the shrub in mid-May—is unusual, because this is normally a fall-blooming bush. One hypothesis is that all the rain we’ve had here this spring triggered this out-of-sync flowering, but at the same time I haven’t seen any other fall flowers coming out prematurely. Oh well, each species is special, right?

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 22, 2015 at 5:30 AM

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  1. I thought at first your on-going heavy “mist” had encouraged it to flower, but then I found this note by Bob Kamper, about a plant that was blooming in February, 2013. He mentioned an “extended blooming period.” I think you discovered one enjoying a really, really extended blooming period.


    June 22, 2015 at 7:19 AM

  2. Some plants, like people, must like to arrive early to the party.


    June 22, 2015 at 7:34 AM

    • I’m usually an early arriver too (and the WordPress editor doesn’t like the word arriver).

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 22, 2015 at 9:18 AM

      • WordPress is picky!


        June 22, 2015 at 10:29 PM

        • Unjustly picky in this case, because arriver is a real word:


          Steve Schwartzman

          June 23, 2015 at 6:31 AM

          • First responder and early adopter are early arrivers. Hmm…..why are responder and adopter acceptable and not arriver? Just been checking out https://en.support.wordpress.com/proofreading/ to see how one can modify WordPress. I have added the grammar and style options to my proof reader. That will be interesting when I write my next post; it will probably be scratched right through. LOLZ WP doesn’t like LOLZ either, yet Scrabble is okay with it.


            June 23, 2015 at 6:59 AM

            • Let us know (presumably as a post) what your experiences with the WP tools are. I don’t pay much attention to the editor except for noticing when it’s underlined a typo, or in the case of arriver, a pseudo-typo.

              You can tell how not “with it” I am because although I’ve seen LOL plenty of times, I don’t recall ever seeing LOLZ. I looked that up and in so doing found another new term, leet, along with the leetspeak that Wiktionary defines as ‘ A form of chatspeak characterized most strongly by its alphanumeric substitutions.’ Leet seems to have arisen from elite, but leetspeak strikes me as anything but elite.

              Steve Schwartzman

              June 23, 2015 at 8:47 AM

              • A post on my experience with WP tools could be interesting. Did you ever get a note from WP congratulating you on writing 1337 posts? ( I am sure you have written that many.) WP was trying to be clever because 1337 is leet speak for leet. Trouble is I don’t think a lot of people understood the reference.


                June 24, 2015 at 1:15 AM

  3. A speciously special species?


    June 22, 2015 at 8:03 AM

  4. ….except mine are also blooming and I live in British Columbia, and I am also as surprised as you are!


    June 22, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    • Now that surprises me, because this is a tropical or semi-tropical species that ranges (natively) no farther north than Texas. I’m wondering, then, if you keep yours in a greenhouse, or if you might have a different species.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 22, 2015 at 11:20 AM

  5. Maybe the poles are about to flip. Lovely little flowers.

    Steve Gingold

    June 22, 2015 at 4:02 PM

  6. Lovely shot

    Raewyn's Photos

    June 23, 2015 at 1:59 AM

  7. These are so pretty…kinda like a succulent’s delicate flower, eg giant jade. :O)


    June 24, 2015 at 2:48 AM

    • Even though the flowers on the large bush in my neighborhood have faded, when I was out photographing yesterday I found a few more of these flowers coming out on a small bush. When they’re at their peak, they attract lots of insects.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 24, 2015 at 6:49 AM

      • A good opportunity for you to get up real close with the photography of this pretty flower bush, Steve! ;O)


        June 25, 2015 at 4:11 AM

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