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Blue beard, Blue-spirea, Blue-mist shrub

Caryopteris × clandonensis

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These plants can take worst of the a hot summer (heat, lack of water, and humidity) and still manage to perform well. They generally live four to five years before they need replacing, but during that time, they offer dependable foliage and pretty blue flowers from mid- to late summer. Blue-mist shrubs form low-growing, finely-textured mounds and are deer-resistant.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsRelatively drought tolerant and very heat tolerant.

CareBlue-mist shrub likes full sun to part shade and very well-drained soil that is not overly rich. Cut back in late winter for a strong, dense shrub in summer.

PropagationSeparate rooted stems from parent plant and transplant in early spring. Also from softwood cuttings.

ProblemsInfrequent. Capsid bugs may affect leaves. May need to be hard pruned in spring in areas with severe winters.

  • Genus : Caryopteris
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
  • Zones : 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Characteristics : Attracts Bees, Attracts Hummingbirds
  • Tolerance : Deer Tolerant
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Bloom Time : Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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  1. user-7007802 09/07/2015

    Thinking about incorporating the Blue-mist shrub in my new water-wise front yard, consistent of ornamental grasses, irises, mutabilis rosa and other draft resistant plants.

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