Blue beard, blue-mist shrub

Caryopteris × clandonensis 'Longwood Blue'

Photo/Illustration: 
Jerry Pavia
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Blue beard, blue-mist shrub (Caryopteris × clandonensis 'Longwood Blue')
kare-ee-OP-ter-iss ex klan-don-EN-sis
Genus:  Caryopteris

'Longwood Blue' is ideal for a mixed or shrub border. It's an attractive woody shrub up to 3 feet tall and 5 feet wide with silvery leaves and violet-blue flowers.. The flowers appear along the stems in late summer and early autumn.This plant is relatively drought tolerant and very heat tolerant. The shrub expands as branches that touch the ground form their own roots and may self-seed.

Care: 

Grow in well-drained soil that is not overly rich. Trim back in spring to keep rounded clump form. Cut back to 3-inch stems in late winter to promote vigorous branching growth. May need to be hard pruned in spring in areas with severe winters.

Propagation: 

 Separate rooted stems from parent plant and transplant in early spring. Root cuttings in late spring or early summer.

Problems: 

 

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Fragrant Foliage,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Early Fall,
Fall,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Blue Flower
Foliage Color
Silver/Grey
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cottage Garden
Style
Beds and Borders,
Color,
Cottage Garden,
Summer Interest
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Type
Shrubs

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