Ageratum flowers: types and varieties

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One of the most frequent “guests” of flower beds , street flowerpots and alpine slides is a flower of the aster family called ageratum. It is distinguished by a variety of colors and splendor of flowering. This herbaceous plant comes from North and Central America, however, it feels great in our climate.

The plant blooms for a long time – from June to October, therefore it is very actively used in floriculture and floristry . This is a heat-loving flower, so it prefers to grow in sunny areas. The soil is preferably well-drained with a neutral reaction. Needs moderate but regular watering , especially during the drought period, and shearing faded inflorescences. After shearing, it actively recovers and blooms. Propagated by seeds, which are sown on seedlings .

The types and varieties of ageratum are very diverse, they differ in their color and shape of flowers, the height of the stems, the presence or absence of an edge.

There are about sixty species of plants, each of which is unusually beautiful and individual. All of them are used in floriculture, their seeds can be purchased at almost any flower shop.

Popularly, this plant is known as Houston’s ageratum (Ageratum houstonianum), named after the scientist who discovered it, or Mexican (Ageratum mexicanum).

All flowers of this species are divided into three types:

  • high – up to 60 cm;
  • medium height – about 30 cm;
  • dwarf – less than 15 cm.

The most popular varieties of Mexican ageratum are recognized blue varietieshaving a blue color of inflorescences. However, there are also white, pink, yellow and even red flowers of this family. Check out the description and photos of ageratum of various colors.

Varieties of Mexican ageratum “White Ball” and “Leda” (with photo)

Ageratum white or as it is often called ageratum white ball (Ageratum Summer Snow), as well as blue plant varieties, is very popular among flower growers. It fits perfectly into various floristic compositions in the open field.

The plant is very compact and graceful, in the process of its growth it forms into a small spherical bush about 20 cm high. Therefore, it can easily be grown in flowerpots and boxes. The leaves of the Mexican white ageratum are very densely pubescent, so they seem voluminous. Its stems are erect and strong.

The inflorescences of this plant are distinguished by a snow-white color and a very dense structure, their diameter reaches two centimeters. The flowers themselves are also densely pubescent and have a very attractive appearance. It tolerates a haircut and recovers very quickly after it.

Photos of ageratum white ball are given below:

Also often referred to as white plants are blue-white varieties of this flower. For example, the ageratum of ice, which has amazing inflorescences of a white-blue color, as it were, “shimmering” and iridescent. Its fluffy flowers, planted in a separate flower bed, perfectly decorate the garden or flower bed all summer.

Pink and lilac varieties of undersized ageratum

Ageratum pink is represented by two varieties:

“Fire Pink” (fire pink) .

“Pink Ball” (pink ball) .

Both varieties are compact, their height reaches 20-30 cm. The leaves are very small, but numerous, the inflorescences are loose with a diameter of 4-5 cm.

The flowers of the undersized pink ageratum are quite small, bisexual, very fragrant pink and dark pink.

The plant is very fond of garden designers, so it is often found in flower beds and outdoor flowerpots. Looks great on alpine slides, combined with lilac and blue ageratum varieties, as well as with zinnias , hyacinths and other flowers.

Variety “Cloud Nine” and dwarf ageratum

Ageratum cloud nine or blue – also very popular among gardeners and flower growers. This species is characterized by very early flowering and compact appearance, it is thermophilic and drought-resistant.

Ageratum blue is great for growing in containers and flowerpots, looks good when planted in the foreground of flower beds , harmoniously decorates borders.

In order for the dwarf blue ageratum to bloom luxuriantly and abundantly, it is necessary to plant it in sunny areas. The soil is preferably drained, watering regularly.

Red varieties of ageratum: “Cardinal Bordeaux”, “Salvia” and “Kalinka”

Ageratum red is a very interesting variety of this flower. It is quite tall and reaches a height of 60 cm. The flowers in the inflorescences of this variety are very large and hairy. Flowering lasts a long time, is distinguished by abundance and brightness.

The red variety of this flower looks very good in a flower bed. Due to its high growth, it is possible to arrange with its participation among other plants a clearly visible red spot.

A harmonious combination of ageratum cardinal burgundy is obtained with white and pink phlox . You can also plant it next to the slavatera, the annual Spire delphinium , as well as some shades of zinnia.

Salvia ageratum and chrysanthemums will be interesting “neighbors in the garden” for this variety.

Ageratum Kalinka is another variety of this flower with a reddish hue. It is considered an excellent option for decorating sunny porches and balconies, and is simply the perfect plant for growing in containers. However, when planting in open ground, it also feels great. With early and repeated pinching, it gives fluffy, very puff-like inflorescences.

Yellow variety of ageratum “Alyssum”

In addition to blue and purple varieties, yellow varieties of the plant are also very popular.

One of them is ageratum alyssum golden autumn – a perennial herbaceous plant, reaching a height of 15 cm.

The flowers are fragrant, the inflorescences are very dense. The color of the flowers is beautiful golden or bright yellow. The leaves are gray-green in color, elongated. Seeds are sown in warm spring, immediately in open ground. You can also propagate the plant from cuttings.

Ageratum yellow is a sun-loving, drought-resistant plant, great for planting in rocky gardens and decorating borders.

Ageratum mixes: “Spring drops”, “Treasures of the Aztecs”, “Bonjour” and “Dondo”

In addition to the ageratum houston, the photo of which is given below, various mixtures of seeds of this beautiful flower are very popular among flower growers:

Various varieties of ageratum, pleasing to the eye with their pleasant shades and fluffy inflorescences, planted mixed, will become the main decoration of a flower bed, flowerpot or garden path.

Ageratum spring drops – a mixture of seeds that is very popular. All the flowers collected in this set have a bright color. The bushes are compact, their height reaches a maximum of 30 cm. They tolerate a haircut well, and are used in the design of flower beds for various purposes.

Aztec treasure ageratum mixture – cultivated as an annual . Plant height 20-25 cm, bloom profusely until frost. The flowers are narrow-tubular, small, bisexual, very fragrant, collected in inflorescences-baskets up to 1.5 cm in diameter, the color is varied.

Ageratum bonjour is a beautiful, long-blooming mixture with large fluffy caps of inflorescences. Inflorescences are very fragrant, small. They are used in discounts, in flower beds, decorate balconies .

Ageratum Dondo mix is a new original high variety of plants. Their height reaches 60 cm. The leaves are pubescent, the inflorescences are large, hairy. It blooms profusely, for a long time, requires a haircut.

Ageratum hybrids

Currently, Mexican ageratum varieties, photos of which can be seen below, are increasingly being replaced by F1 heterotic hybrids:

This is due to the fact that these hybrids are characterized by early, abundant and long flowering. In addition, they grow very quickly, turning into compact bushes of the same height.

The following hybrids of this flower are most often offered:

“Atlantic” – violet-blue color of inflorescences, height 20 cm.

“Adriatic” – medium blue color of inflorescences, height 15-20 cm.

“North Sea” – dark purple-blue flowers, plant height 20 cm.

“Blue Ribbon” – medium blue color, height 15-17 cm.

“Ocean” – the color is light blue, the height of the flowers is 20 cm, flowering is early.

All hybrids bloom for a long time, from June to September.

It is best to purchase seeds of these beautiful flowers in specialized stores, where you can guarantee their quality and high germination. If you decide to purchase them in an online store, pay special attention to the design of the package with seeds. It should contain comprehensive information on planting and care , and the manufacturer’s coordinates should also be present.

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