Blue beard, Blue-spirea, Blue-mist shrub

Caryopteris × clandonensis

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

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 Characteristics:  Relatively drought tolerant and very heat tolerant.
Care:  Blue-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.
Propagation: 

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

Problems: 

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

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Fast Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Bees,
Attracts Hummingbirds
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
Blue Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant
Type
Shrubs

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