Genus: Blue beard

Caryopteris

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
Blue beard (Caryopteris)
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Verbenaceae
Plants in the genus Caryopteris are small to medium-sized woody shrubs cultivated for their attractive, aromatic foliage and usually blue flowers. The 6 species are native to the Himalayas and East Asia. Grow in a mixed or shrub border.
Noteworthy characteristics:  Opposite toothed leaves and small blue flowers from late summer to autumn.
Care:  Needs well-drained soil in sun to part shade. Blooms on current season's growth and 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 softwood cuttings in late spring, or greenwood cuttings in early summer.

Problems: 

Infrequent. Capsid bugs may affect leaves.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Caryopteris

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Sunshine blue bluebeard
Caryopteris incana 'Jason'
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Blue beard, Blue-spirea, Blue-mist shrub
Caryopteris × clandonensis
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Blue beard
Caryopteris  × clandonensis 'First Choice'
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Blue beard, blue-mist shrub
Caryopteris × clandonensis 'Longwood Blue'
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Blue beard
Caryopteris  × clandonensis 'Worcester Gold'