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PlantFiles: Bluebeard
Caryopteris odorata

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Caryopteris (kar-ee-OP-ter-iss) (Info)
Species: odorata (oh-dor-AY-tuh) (Info)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Pale Pink

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

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No positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative cazort On Aug 6, 2014, cazort from Jenkintown, PA wrote:

I had this plant growing when I moved in, in the garden at one of my homes. It is pleasantly aromatic, but I dislike it for several reasons.

For one, it can become somewhat invasive, seedlings coming up both in flower beds, and in cracks against the foundation of my home--not a good thing for a woody plant to come up there.

I also found the plant to be very scraggly looking in spring. It is a late sprouter, and has a somewhat weedy growth habit, with a bunch of small branches extending upwards and others sprawling over. It looked rather unhealthy for several months before it finally got more lush looking. I decided to remove it.

I would not recommend planting this plant in North America, mainly due to its invasive potential.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Castro Valley, California

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