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Caryopteris x clandonensis

 
Caryopteris x clandonensis
Common name bluebeard, blue mist spirea
Family lamiaceae
Life cycle shrub
Flowers blue (Aug-Sep)
Size 4 ft
Light full sun
Cultural notes well-drained soil
From seed self-seeds modestly in our garden
Flowers first year from seed sown indoors early.
Seed ripensearly November

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
Caryopteris x clandonensis
bluebeard, blue mist spirea

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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