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Caryopteris × clandonensis 'Inoveris' (Blue mist shrub)

Caryopteris × clandonensis 'Inoveris' Grand Bleu® PP17837

Blue mist shrub or bluebeard

Blue mist shrub is aptly named as it is shrouded in a cloud of blue from mid to late summer. It is a well-behaved garden plant that is very attractive to butterflies. Grand Bleu® boasts numerous deep blue flowers topping glossy green foliage on a neatly compact plant.


Height

2-3 Feet

Spread

2-3 Feet

Spacing

24 Inches

Bloom Color

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-9

Blue mist shrub Interesting Notes

Flowers are borne in tight clusters that encircle one side of the stem. This characteristic gave rise to its common name 'Bluebeard'.

Flowering begins in early August and persists for at least 8 weeks. Blooms occur on new growth and range from powder blue, through lavender to purple, depending on the cultivar. Cut flowers make a long lasting indoor show.

Deer do not eat aromatic plants or plants that have silver foliage. Because Caryopteris is very fragrant and has silvery leaves, deer leave it alone. It also has few insect or disease problems.

As is true of most other silver-foliaged plants, full sun and loose, dry, well-drained soil are crucial. Plants flourish with light mulching and no fertilizer. Overzealous fertilizing produces an abundance of greenery but sacrifices floral display.

Prune all branches hard in early spring (prior to new growth) down close to the ground. If the winter is mild, and live buds are evident near the tips of the stem, then the plant may be left unpruned. The size of the plant during the growing season will vary, depending on how far back the plant is pruned. Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Caryopteris × clandonensis 'Inoveris' Growing and Maintenance Tips

Caryopteris needs full sun, and a light, well-drained soil. It flowers on new growth, so prune in early spring to ensure heavy flowering. It is somewhat tolerant of drought, but will not survive in saturated soils. Propagate by softwood terminal cuttings. Best used as a specimen, in foundation plantings or in perennial borders for late season color.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Butterflies
Butterflies
Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Summer
Summer
Average
Average
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant

Additional Information

Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Soil Moisture Needs
Well-Drained
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Propagation Type
Vegetative