Hammock Snakeroot Ageratina jucunda
This Malachite Butterfly has its proboscis deep in the Snakeroot flower probing for nectar.
 
I looked up this plant after I found Malachite Butterflies feasting all over it. My best guess is that it is Hammock Snakeroot, Ageratina jucunda. It grows about 5 feet tall (and I've found some much taller now) on the edges of wooded areas. In the photo below, a Julia Butterfly nectars on Hammock Snakeroot:
Malachite Butterfly Nectars On Hammock Snakeroot, Ageratina jucunda
Malachite Butterfly Nectars On Hammock Snakeroot, Ageratina jucunda
I brought some seeds home, but they didn't make it. I'll try again when our drought ends. I really want this nectar plant in my yard!
Julia Butterfly Nectars On Hammock Snakeroot, Ageratina jucunda
Malachite Butterfly Nectars On Hammock Snakeroot, Ageratina jucunda
Monarach Butterfly Nectars On Hammock Snakeroot, Ageratina jucunda
Zebra Heliconian Butterfly Nectars On Hammock Snakeroot, Ageratina jucunda
Left - Monarch Butterfly, Above - Zebra Heliconian Butterfly, Below left - Giant Swallowtail Butterfly Below right -Ruddy Daggerwing Butterfly
All of these butterflies were sipping nectar from the same patch of Hammock Snakeroot Flowers at the same time. It is an excellent fall/winter nectar source.
Giant Swallowtail Butterfly Nectars On Hammock Snakeroot, Ageratina jucunda
Ruddy Daggerwing Butterfly Nectars On Hammock Snakeroot, Ageratina jucunda
The Snakeroot flowers are white with a hint of a purple-pink color depending on which way the light hits them. They're small and wispy, but pretty in a very natural sort of way, particularly when they're covered in a cloud of butterflies.
Hammock Snakeroot, Ageratina jucunda, Flower
Hammock Snakeroot, Ageratina jucunda, Leaf
Hammock Snakeroot, Ageratina jucunda, Leaves
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