Both are massive butterfly and bee attractors. In a normal year in October and November one can find queens, monarchs, and any number of zillions of insects buzzing around the mistflowers. Queens and monarchs, in particular, love them.
Alas, this is not a normal year, and the mistflowers mostly stand quiet. There are a few bees, but almost no butterflies. I surprisingly found this male monarch butterfly sipping on the Gregg's mistflower this week.
I like Gregg's, because it is a low sprawling groundcover. It spreads, but not too aggressively in my yard, and is really easy to pull up.
But I LOVE the boneset, because it smells fantastic. Its light spicy scent always catches me off guard when it sweeps over me in the autumn breeze. Boneset has a nice low shrubby form, beautiful white flowers and can sometimes stay evergreen if we don't get a crazy freeze. Also drought tolerant. Highly recommend it.
White mistflower is an edge species found just along the edges of the Edwards Plateau. I've been trying to plant it around the yard in the habitats that are forest edge-like, or will be some day.
Oh, I spied this green caterpillar munching on the Gregg's too. Wonder what it is?