Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Dark Knight' - Bluebeard (photo credit: Growing Colors)

Perennials

Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Dark Knight'

Bluebeard

Caryopteris × clandonensis 'Dark Knight', commonly called bluebeard, blue spirea or blue mist, is a low-mounded, deciduous shrub that is valued for its aromatic foliage and late summer flowers which are said to resemble clouds of blue smoke or mist. Flowers are very attractive to butterflies, bees and other beneficial insects. Silvery-grey foliage is aromatic when brushed with a hand.

Bluebeard Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. Prefers loose loams. Tolerates some drought. Intolerant of wet, poorly-drained soils. Stems will often die to the ground in the cold winters of Zones 5 and 6, with roots surviving to push up new stems in spring. Prune the plants back hard in early spring to promote vigorous new stem growth. Flowering is unaffected by spring pruning because plants bloom on new growth.

Height:

24-36 in

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Spread:

24-36 in

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Hardiness Zone:

5 - 9

Characteristics & Attributes for Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Dark Knight'

Exposure
Sun
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Attracts Wildlife
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer
Fall
Attributes
Cut Flower
Focal Point
Fragrant
Specimen
Border or Bed