Caryopteris 'Longwood Blue'
Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
| ||Common Name: Blue Mist Shrub|
Common Name (Alternative): Bluebeard
An abundance of fragrant, soft violet-blue blossoms radiate from the silvery-green, spicy-scented foliage of this variety from late summer into fall. This late bloomer is especially valuable because it looks its best when many other perennials are done for the season. The beautiful blossoms can also be cut for bouquets that will last a week or longer.
Forming a large, airy mass, C. 'Longwood Blue' makes an outstanding filler plant in the border. Groups planted in sunny, dry areas will catch everyone's attention, and the foliage will remain fresh-looking all summer long due to its drought tolerance. Selected at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA.
Breeder: Longwood Gardens
Origin: Not Native to North America
Sun or Shade?:
Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
Low water needs
Average water needs
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Sweet or Sour Soil?:
Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
Caryopteris grows best in full sun and loose, loamy, well-drained soil. It is very tolerant of heat and drought and detests wet soil. Flowers are formed on new growth, so the stems can be cut back at any time. In fact, the best time to prune caryopteris is just after the new growth starts to appear in spring. Fall pruning is not recommended.