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How to Grow and Care for Bluebeard Plants

Caryopteris clandonensis

This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringButterfly FlowerNo DeerWhite flowering plantPink flowering plantblue flowering plantBluebeard plantHow to Use the Plant Care Icons at The Garden Helper
Anglen the Garden Gnome Bluebeard plants are also commonly known as the Blue Mist shrub or Blue Spirea.
They are low growing, 2-3 foot shrubs that are covered with fragrant, powder blue flowers in late summer and early fall.
The silvery green, 1"-2" leaves have a light aroma of Eucalyptus when rubbed.
Bluebeard flowers are a favorite food for butterflies and bees.

Growing Requirements for Bluebeard Plants

Bluebeards are hardy in USDA zones5-9.
They should be planted in moderately rich, well draining soil.
Grow your Bluebeard plant in full sun or very light shade.
Water regularly and thoroughly until the plant is well established, then water moderately.
Blue Mist shrubs can be cut back to within a couple inches of the ground in winter or very early in the spring to encourage dense, tightly branched new growth.
If needed, additional light pruning can be done in late spring or early summer for shape.
Bluebeards bloom on new growth, so pruning does not affect flowering.

How to Propagate new Bluebeard Plants

Caryopteris plants can be propagated with softwood cuttings
taken in early spring.

Established plants can be divided in early spring or in the fall.
Bluebeard plant
Caryopteris clandonensis
The Flowers of a Caryopteris Bluebeard Plant A Honey Bee Harvesting Pollen from a Caryopteris Flower