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Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Kew Blue’ (Bluebeard)

Bluebeard 'Kew Blue', Kew Blue Bluebeard, Kew Blue Blue Mist Spiraea

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Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Kew Blue’ (Bluebeard) is a compact, deciduous shrub of rounded habit with a profusion of dark blue flowers in late summer and early fall. Attractive to butterflies, bees and other beneficial insects, they contrast nicely with the dense foliage of small, narrowly oval, gray-green, aromatic leaves. Valued for its late season blossoms when few other shrubs are in bloom, this easy care shrub is a superb addition to any sunny garden.

  • Grows up to 24-36 in. tall (60-90 cm) and 3-4 ft. wide (90-120 cm).
  • A full sun lover, this plant is easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Drought tolerant once established. Intolerant of wet, poorly-drained soils.
  • Perfect choice for perennial borders, shrub borders, butterfly gardens.
  • Attracts butterflies, bees and other beneficial insects but is deer and rabbit resistant.
  • Virtually pest free. Watch for capsid bug
  • Very little maintenance is needed. Prune in spring down to where new growth is sprouting.

Requirements

Hardiness 6 - 9
Heat Zones 1 - 9
Climate Zones 2, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Lamiaceae
Genus Caryopteris
Common names Blue Beard, Bluebird
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 3' - 4'
(90cm - 120cm)
Spacing 48" (120cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Caryopteris x clandonensis Sapphire Surf™ (Bluebeard)
Caryopteris x clandonensis Beyond Midnight® (Bluebeard)
Caryopteris incana ‘Jason’ Sunshine Blue® (Bluebeard)
Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Janice’ Lil’ Miss Sunshine® (Bluebeard)
Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Minbleu’ Petit Bleu™ (Bluebeard)
Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘First Choice’ (Bluebeard)

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Caryopteris – Bluebeards
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Requirements

Hardiness 6 - 9
Heat Zones 1 - 9
Climate Zones 2, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Lamiaceae
Genus Caryopteris
Common names Blue Beard, Bluebird
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Late)
Fall
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 3' - 4'
(90cm - 120cm)
Spacing 48" (120cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden
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