Ageratum is a genus of about50 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!
The genus name has Greek origin and means “long-lived”.
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.
The flowers come in shades of blue, purple, red, pink and white.
These plants can grow up to 60 cm (2 ft) in height.
Ageratum prefers moist, but well drained soil, with pH between 5.5 and 7.5.