Ageratum (Whiteweed; Flossflower)

Ageratum is a genus of about 50 species of annual plants belonging to the Asteraceae family, native to Central America, with a few species found in North America.
These plants are low-growing and have attractive flowers in lovely blue, purple, red, pink and white. The small clusters of fluffy flowers bloom in summer and fall, making it a wonderful addition to any landscape. And butterflies love them!

Name meaning:

The genus name has Greek origin and means “long-lived”.

Ageratum symbolism:

Ageratum is a symbol of politeness.


Interesting facts about Ageratum:

Benefits and Uses

The plant has been used in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments.
Ageratum is known for its antibacterial properties. It has been used to treat rheumatism, spasms, diarrhea, colds, fevers and external wounds.

Insecticides and nematicides have been made from extracts of this plant due to the fact that some species (Ageratum Conyzoides) have pesticide properties.

Plant Type:

Annuals

Color:

The flowers come in shades of blue, purple, red, pink and white.