AGERATUM

AGERATUM

The Ageratum belongs to the botanical family of the composites. It is native to Mexico and to Central America. The name, Ageratum, comes from the Greek word “ageraton” which means “that which does not age”. It has since become a symbol of eternal youth. Offering this plant as a gift could signify wishing the receiver to remain forever young. The leaves are toothed and borne on a stem at whose apex are numerous flowers made up of many tiny, light blue, tubular petals. Their colour may be more or less intense. The ageratum is excellent for borders in the shade or part-shade. It blooms all summer long. It grows well in moist soil with a lot of organic fertilizer. It does not tolerate temperatures below 4°/5° C. It is excellent for balconies, together with other seasonal plants. During its cultivation, it may be prone to attack by aphids, whiteflies, and white butterflies. In these cases, it is advisable to spray the plant with wide-specter insecticides or, as a precautionary measure, to use chromatic traps (sticky coloured tape).

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