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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.

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