Ageratum houstonianum 'Blue Mink'
Floss Flower 'Blue Mink'
Ageratum houstonianum 'Blue Mink' is a relatively old variety of floss-flower, remaining popular for good reason. The compact, uniform plants bear large, fluffy, powder-blue flowers. With a vigorous, open habit, and is perfect for adding texture and colour to bedding, borders and containers. Try growing ageratum in wildlife gardens where they will attract butterflies to their blooms. Height: 30cm (12in). Spread: 30cm (12in).
|Botanical name||Ageratum houstonianum|
|Common name||Floss Flower 'Blue Mink'|
|Flowering time||Summer, Autumn|
|Plant type||Flower Seeds|
|Season of interest||Summer, Autumn|
|Time to maturity||1 - 2 years|
|Ultimate height||0.1m - 0.5m|
|Ultimate spread||0.1m - 0.5m|
|Useful/additional information||Sow from late winter to mid spring at 15-18C (59-64F) in a good seed compost. Sow ageratum seed on the surface of the compost and gently firm down. Keep soil damp but not wet. Do not exclude light. Germination usually takes 10-15 days. When seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant and grow them on in cooler conditions until large enough to plant outdoors. When ageratum plants are well grown and all risk of frost has passed, acclimatise them to outdoor conditions over 7 to 10 days. Transplant outdoors in a sheltered position in full sun on moist, fertile, well drained soil at a distance of 15-30cm (6-12in) apart. Remove faded flower heads regularly to prolong the period of blooming.|