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tropical whiteweed

Habit Annuals, perennials, or sub-shrubs, 20–150 cm (fibrous-rooted).

erect, sparsely to densely villous.


blades ovate to elliptic-oblong, 2–8 × 1–5 cm, margins toothed, abaxial faces sparsely pilose and gland-dotted.


minutely puberulent and sparsely to densely pilose, eglandular.


3–3.5 × 4–5 mm.


usually blue to lavender, sometimes white.


oblong-lanceolate (0.8–1.2 mm wide), glabrous or sparsely pilose (margins often ciliate), eglandular, tips abruptly tapering, subulate, 0.5–1 mm.


sparsely strigoso-hispidulous;

pappi usually of scales 0.5–1.5(–3) mm, sometimes with tapering setae, rarely 0.


= 20, 40.

Ageratum conyzoides

Phenology Flowering Jul–Aug.
Habitat Disturbed sites, mostly coastal
Elevation 0–20 m [0–100 ft]

Ageratum conyzoides is apparently native to South America. North American plants were escapes and naturalized from cultivation.

(Discussion copyrighted by Flora of North America; reprinted with permission.)

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AL; CA; CT; FL; GA; KY; MD; MO; MS; NC; HI; Central America; South America; West Indies [Introduced in North America; introduced, Mexico]
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Parent taxa Asteraceae > tribe Eupatorieae > Ageratum
Sibling taxa
A. corymbosum, A. houstonianum, A. maritimum
Synonyms A. latifolium
Name authority Linnaeus: Sp. Pl. 2: 839. (1753)
Source Flora of North America vol. 21, p. 482.
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