Bluebeard

Caryopteris × clandonensis 'Heavenly Blue'

Bluebeard - Caryopteris × clandonensis  'Heavenly Blue'

Common Name: Bluebeard
Genus: Caryopteris
Species: × clandonensis
Cultivar: 'Heavenly Blue'

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Good for wildlife

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.00 m (100 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 1.00 m (100 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Blue
Foliage Colour: Green, Grey/SilverFlowering Period: August & September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

Clusters of piercing slightly fluffy dark blue flowers appear in August and September at intervals on long stems among pointed aromatic grey-green leaves. With its strongly upright habit this lovely dark blue form of 'bluebeard' is perfect for the middle of a sunny shrub or mixed border. It is also a magnet for bees and butterflies and is drought-tolerant. Where temperatures fall below -15°C it's best grown against a warm south or west-facing wall.

Garden Care: In March prune all of the flowered stems back hard to the permanent framework. After pruning apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost around the base of the plant.