Caryopteris x clandonensis
We grow the common version with grey-green leaves (I think our original cultivars were named 'Bluebeard' and 'Longwood Blue'), and also 'Worcestor Gold', which has golden-toned leaves. The latter effect is most noticeable in spring; the leaves fade to a more ordinary green by mid-summer (see photo). The wood is weak and gets brittle - we prune out old wood once a year to keep rejuvenating the plants. Good for mid-late season blue flowers.
||bluebeard, blue mist spirea
||self-seeds modestly in our garden
Flowers first year from seed sown indoors early.
|Seed ripens||early November||
We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.
One or more images of this plant are included in my stock photo catalog
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Visitors to this page have left the following comments
|Laura||Sep 28, 2005||I was given 5 small plugs of this plant early in the spring. Not knowing what it was it grew very well and I was very pleased at what it turned out to be.
I have the Dark Knight , and later I was given First Choice . Can't wait to see it next year when it is had the full season to grow. Great plant .|
|Joyce||Jul 12, 2006||I love the pictures you have on this site!
One question about the bluebeard ... when is the best time to plant?|
I'd say spring - but anytime outside of winter and the hottest of summer should be OK. It also depends on your climate, of course.
|Dale from Cincinnati||May 24, 2008||Nice site - by the way there is a dead body in that water pool behind the spirea - much nicer than a gnome IMHO|
|Jen||May 04, 2009||absolutely LOVE the hand in the pond.|
Unfortunately, it bit the dust a couple years ago - years of freeze/thaw cycles finally did it in.
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