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Conoclinium coelestinum.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Subfamily: Asteroideae
Supertribe: Helianthodae
Tribe: Eupatorieae
Genus: Conoclinium

Conoclinium, the mistflowers, is a genus of four[1] species of herbaceous perennial flowering plants, native to North America. They are 0.5 to 2 metres (1.6 to 6.6 ft) tall, and have blue to purple or violet flowers (occasionally white).

The plants of this genus have sometimes been classified in the genus Eupatorium, but late 20th century research shows they are more closely related to other plants of the Eupatorieae, such as Ageratum.[2]

The generic name is derived from the Greek words κῶνος (konos), meaning "cone," and κλινίον (klinion), meaning "little bed."[3]



  1. ^ a b c Thomas F. Patterson & Guy L. Nesom. "Conoclinium de Candolle in A. P. de Candolle and A. L. P. P. de Candolle, Prodr. 5: 135. 1836". Flora of North America. 
  2. ^ Gregory J. Schmidt and Edward E. Schilling (2000). "Phylogeny and biogeography of Eupatorium (Asteraceae: Eupatorieae) based on nuclear ITS sequence data". American Journal of Botany (Botanical Society of America) 87 (5): 716–726. doi:10.2307/2656858. JSTOR 2656858. PMID 10811796. 
  3. ^ Quattrocchi, Umberto (2000). CRC World Dictionary of Plant Names: A-C. CRC Press. p. 602. ISBN 978-0-8493-2675-2. 
  4. ^ a b Turner, B. L. 1997. The Comps of Mexico: A systematic account of the family Asteraceae, vol. 1 – Eupatorieae. Phytologia Memoirs 11: i–iv, 1–272
  5. ^ a b "Conoclinium coelestinum". PLANTS. 
  6. ^ "Conoclinium coelestinum". Native Plant Database. Lady Bird Johnson wildflower center. 
  7. ^ "Conoclinium coelestinum (Eupatorium coelestinum)". Native Plants for Wildlife Habitat and Conservation Landscaping: Chesapeake Bay Watershed. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. 
  8. ^ Patterson, T. F. 1996. Phytologia 80: 104-107

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Conoclinium at Wikimedia Commons
  • Data related to Conoclinium at Wikispecies
  • C. coelestinum photo from Photographs of flowering plants of the Ozarks and the interior highlands of North America, by Paul L. Redfearn, Jr.