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Caryopteris 'Longwood Blue' (bluebeard, blue mist shrub)

Caryopteris 'Longwood Blue'

bluebeard, blue mist shrub

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. 'Longwood Blue' has sky blue flowers topping silvery foliage for a striking combination. With a slightly arching habit, it fits beautifully into the perennial border.


Height

42 Inches

Spread

2-3 Feet

Spacing

24 Inches

Bloom Color

Blue

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-9

bluebeard, 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.

Caryopteris 'Longwood Blue' 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.

Good Substitutions

Blue mist shrub Caryopteris × clandonensis 'Inoveris'
Lavandula × intermedia Sensational! 'Tesseract'
blue mist shrub, bluebeard Caryopteris × clandonensis 'Dark Knight'
Caryopteris clandonensis 'Els01 PPAF'

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Summer
Summer
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Pollinator-friendly
Pollinator-friendly
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Cut Flower
Cut Flower

Additional Information

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