I happened upon the Purple Mist Flower while visiting Fredericksburg Texas. We had gone there for peaches. As all Texans know, Fredericksburg becomes a Mecca for those in search of the fuzzy fruit of the gods during the spring season. While there, we found a lovely nursery and seed store that goes by the name of, " Wildseed Farms".
It must of been 110 degrees in the shade that day, and the nursery men were out hurrying from plant to plant soaking them down. The plants that we saw were covered in butterflies, as seen below.
Needless to say, we had to get at least one of them. They were natives and use to the heat and humidity and would do well. They have acclimated well in our home gardens and are now attracting butterflies and bee's for us as well! Such a lovely plant with added benefits!
So the moral of this story : Whenever in Texas, make it a point to stop by this nursery as they truly are a wonderful asset to Texas.
(((Not to mention they sell Texas wines by both the bottle and glass!!!)))