Scientific Name: Caryopteris x clandonensis
Common Name: bluebeard
Family Name: Verbenaceae
Origin: Garden origin
Hardiness Zone: Zone 7: (-18 to -12 °C)
Plant Type: Shrub - deciduous
Mature Size: 1.3 - 2.0m x 1.0 - 1.5m (height x width)
Habit: Arching, Open, Upright
Form: Irregular, Oval - vertical
Texture: Medium - fine
Landscape Uses: Accent plant, Attract butterflies, Cut flower or foliage, Group or mass planting, Mixed shrub border, Summer interest
Exposure: Full sun
Soil or Media: Rocky or gravelly or dry, Well-drained
Leaves: Simple, Opposite, Soft flexible, Heavily veined, Pubescent, Lanceolate, Dentate
Flowers: Cyme, Blue, Aug-Sep-Oct
Fruit: Nut, Aborted (hybrids) or absent, Brown, Oct-Nov
Key ID Features:
Stems reddish; leaves opposite, lanceolate, most blades 4-9cm long x 1-2.2 cm wide, margins with 2-4 irregular dentations; flower open, spikey and blue. Winter ID: twiggy low shrub; buds and accessory buds, <1mm long, pubescent, slowly opening up in Feb-Mar.