“Prized for its prolific late-summer display of blue flowers, Caryopteris × clandonensis is a small deciduous shrub originating from a cross between C. incana and C. mongholica. The cultivar ‘Blue Mist’ has powder-blue blooms.
This rounded, knee- to waist-high shrub is densely cloaked with small, narrowly oval, gray-green leaves with silvery, felted undersides. Bruised leaves emit a pungent minty odor. In late summer and early fall dense clusters of misty-blue flowers with prominent deep-blue anthers appear in the leaf axils. The sweetly scented blooms draw masses of butterflies and other pollinators. Plants often self-sow if not deadheaded.
Plant this shrub in full to partial sun and moderately fertile well-drained soil. It is root-hardy into USDA Zone 5b, where it typically dies back in winter and resprouts from the base in spring. In warmer areas, a severe late-winter pruning will keep it from becoming ragged and rangy. Remove spent flowers to encourage repeat bloom and to prevent self-sowing. This small, adaptable shrub makes a nice accent plant in the mixed border and looks great planted in rows as a low flowering hedge.”
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Blue Mist Bluebeard
Light Blue, Sky Blue, Blue Violet
Green, Gray Green, Silver