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.
||blue-purple (late summer-fall)
We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.
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|Sam Geoghegan||Jan 25, 2009||Requires cold stratification. Divided seedlings today; noticed the roots had a pungent smell.|
I find that the whole plant has a pungent smell!
|Ann Freniere||Mar 26, 2010||I love the look of this plant, but definitely NOT the smell - like rotting fish. However after receiving a plant from a gardening friend, I don't have the heart to get rid of it. I did move it so I don't brush past it and can admire the flowers from a distance now.|
It certainly has a very particular scent, although I wouldn't describe it as rotting fish. It is a bit cloying, but I really only notice it when I disturb the plant.
|Jill Durall||Jun 21, 2010||Caryopteris divaricata has been growing in a semi-shaded area of my garden for a decade. Live in Connecticut, winters are frequently colder than zone 6. This plant is at least a zone 5. It self sows, but it is not troublesome. |
|Keith L||Feb 08, 2011||This is similar to my Clerodendrum Ugandense, which does not suffer from an unfortunate scent.|
- Seed from '04 trade. Baggy 70F with light; no G
- 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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