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Caryopteris

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
kay-ree-OP-ter-iss
Description

Bluebeard is a genus of seven species of medium size (3 to 4 feet high at maturity) heraceous perennial shrubs with abundant small, blue flowers clustered on the stems and blooming for about two months in late summer and early fall. The plant is native to East Asia. The genus name comes from the Greek karyon meaning "nut" and pteron meaning "wing" in reference to the winged fruits found on this shrub.

Bluebeard grows best in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. The plant prefers loose loams or sandy soils and tolerates some drought. However, it does not do well in wet, poorly-drained soils. The roots of the plant are winter hardy, but the top growth is only reliable to USDA Zone 7. Thus, many gardeners assume the stems will be damaged in winter and hard prune all stems each year in early spring. This practice promotes vigorous new stem growth and flowering is unaffected because plants bloom on new growth.

Diseases, Insect Pests, and Other Plant Problems:

No known diseases or insect pests.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#shrub#woody shrub#flowering shrub#deer resistant#herbaceous perennials#butterfly friendly#pruning tolerant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#shrub#woody shrub#flowering shrub#deer resistant#herbaceous perennials#butterfly friendly#pruning tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Caryopteris
    Family:
    Lamiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Southern Siberia to China and Temperate East Asia
    Wildlife Value:
    attracts butterflies
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Perennial
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Mounding
    Multi-stemmed
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    Four-valved capsule containing four seeds.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Abundant blue flowers in terminal and axillary clusters bloom in late summer into early fall.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Crenate
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Plants in this genus have opposite, simple ovate to lanceolate, leaves with an entire or crenate margin. Foliage emits an aroma when crushed.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought