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Tripora divaricata

Tripora divaricata
Tripora divaricata

Synonym(s) Caryopteris divaricata
Common name bluebeard
Family lamiaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z6-9)
Flowers blue-purple (late summer-fall)
Size 4-6'
Light sun-part shade
Seed ripensmid-October

Herbaceous species, until recently classified in Caryopteris, adored by those who grow it. My first two attempts at growing them from seed failed, so I'm delighted to see them thriving now. By now, they grow strong every year, reaching to five foot tall with the trademark blue flowers held near the top. The foliage has a strong, somewhat cloying scent. Very distinctive, somewhat unpleasant to my nose. Some self-seeding in our garden.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: waterfall pondside

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '04 trade. Baggy 70F with light; no G
  2. Seed from '06 trade. Baggy 70F with light (32d) - 35F (6w) - 70F with light (8d; no G).
    Same seed, surface-sowed to pot with grit cover at 70F. 7 out of many seeds germinated.

Seed is reportedly short-viable, which may explain my lackluster results.

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