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Ageratum houstonianum 'Blue Mink' (Flossflower 'Blue Mink')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.25m
Max height
0.2m
Max spread
1 year
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Ageratum houstonianum 'Blue Mink'

Other names

Flossflower 'Blue Mink'

Genus

Ageratum Ageratum

Variety or Cultivar

'Blue Mink' _ 'Blue Mink' is a neat, mounding annual with mid-green leaves and threadlike, powder-blue flowers throughout the summer until frost.


Ageratum houstonianum 'Blue Mink' is: Deciduous

Habit

Bushy, Spreading

Flower

Pale-blue in Summer; Pale-blue in Autumn

Foliage

Green in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free.

Foot and root rot Foot and root rot

General care

Propagation

Sow indoors from Feb. to April.

Propagation methods

Seed


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Where to grow

Ageratum houstonianum 'Blue Mink' (Flossflower 'Blue Mink') will reach a height of 0.25m and a spread of 0.2m after 1 year.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, City, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Hanging baskets

Cultivation

It is essential to plant in a sheltered postion in full sun. Best grown in a pot or container. Keep moist, do not allow to dry out. Dead head to prolong flowers

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1), Tender in frost (H3)

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Botanical name

Ageratum houstonianum 'Blue Mink'

Other names

Flossflower 'Blue Mink'

Genus

Ageratum Ageratum

Variety or Cultivar

'Blue Mink' _ 'Blue Mink' is a neat, mounding annual with mid-green leaves and threadlike, powder-blue flowers throughout the summer until frost.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Bushy, Spreading


Colour

Flower

Pale-blue in Summer; Pale-blue in Autumn

Foliage

Green in Summer


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free.

Specific diseases

Foot and root rot

General care

Propagation

Sow indoors from Feb. to April.

Propagation methods

Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Ageratum houstonianum 'Blue Mink' (Flossflower 'Blue Mink') will reach a height of 0.25m and a spread of 0.2m after 1 year.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, City, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Hanging baskets

Cultivation

It is essential to plant in a sheltered postion in full sun. Best grown in a pot or container. Keep moist, do not allow to dry out. Dead head to prolong flowers

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 11, Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Ageratum houstonianum 'Blue Mink' (Flossflower 'Blue Mink')

Common pest name

American serpentine leaf miner; chrysanthemum leaf miner

Scientific pest name

Liriomyza trifolii

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Regulated pest already subject to review at the EU level (2013). Regularly intercepted in the trade.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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