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Caryopteris × clandonensis (Blue beard, Blue-spirea, Blue-mist shrub )

Caryopteris × clandonensis Photo/Illustration: Jerry Pavia

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Caryopteris × clandonensis kare-ee-OP-ter-iss ex klan-don-EN-sis Common Name: Blue beard, Blue-spirea, Blue-mist shrub 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.


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

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