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Old 11-23-2012, 03:17 PM   #301
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Scarecrowsdrm, I would love to grow those blue mistflowers but they do appreciate a bit more water than I can give them and they don't appreciate the caliche limestone soil I have. I do Have Eupatorium havenense blooming in abundance this fall. The butterflies are all over it but I have been doing this round and round the bush trying to get the picture with 20 butterflies and they keep flying to the other side. Irritating. I did get this one photo last week.
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Old 11-23-2012, 08:18 PM   #302
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I do Have Eupatorium havenense blooming in abundance this fall. The butterflies are all over it but I have been doing this round and round the bush trying to get the picture with 20 butterflies and they keep flying to the other side. Irritating. I did get this one photo last week.

It is such a great shot; I'm sure it was worth the frustration to get it.
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Great shot, damianita! Our eupatorium rugosum (which is now called something else--grr!) is a pollinator magnet, but not generally so many butterflies.
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Old 11-24-2012, 02:46 PM   #304
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Damianita> You really did it!!! You posted photos!!! Way to go!!! Love those flutterbies!!! Closest I ever came the whole summer to having 20 of anything flying around was about 10 cabbage moths all "eyeballing" my cole crops!!! We netted em and fed em ot our goils!!! You lucky duck getting so many native flutterbies!!!
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Old 11-24-2012, 08:08 PM   #305
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Hi Damianita, it looks like your Eupatorium havanense are doing just fine. Whatever works best with the soil and ecology seems to be the rule. My soil is a little more acid to neutral, plus the further south they are (in our case) the happier the blue variety seem to be. I have a few of the Eupatorium havanense on my place now, and though they bloom, they are not nearly as vigorous as the blues, likely because of the soil here.

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Old 11-25-2012, 02:33 AM   #306
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The Eupatorium havanense is a slower grower than the blue. but it grows and lives even in 5" of rain a year. I am due east of you, Scarecrowsdrm, a bit colder , drier and definitely more alkaline . Nothing neutral about my soil. The blue will grow in slightly richer altered soil with weekly water. I grow things hard here so I have killed the blue. I have seen a 6 ' + clump just maniacally covered in butterflies at the Natural Gardener In Austin Texas.. We are too dry for the Big Bend Eupatorium greggii. That likes desert wet canyons in its native zone. The havenese will grow on limestone rock outcropping with barely any soil. It grows slow but steadily. It is more of a shrub with woody structure when out in the sun.

i was getting a clod of forty butterflies erupting from the bush when I walk up to it. What a rush!!! I am spreading around the seedlings into the edge of the tree lines in my woods.. I want more of it.
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