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PlantFiles: Blue Mist Spiraea, Bluebeard
Caryopteris x clandonensis 'First Choice'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Caryopteris (kar-ee-OP-ter-iss) (Info)
Species: x clandonensis (klan-don-EN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: First Choice
Additional cultivar information: (PP11958)

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

5 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
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:
Medium Blue

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


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
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1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Beckah On Sep 13, 2011, Beckah from Memphis, TN wrote:

I just bought three of these plants and have not put them into the ground yet. I can positively say one thing right now however. ..These plants are 'Bee' magnets. It's really kind of fascinating. They are pretty but their fragrance is not very strong at all, yet the bees love them! ..If you have a veggie garden ..or want to ensure pollination for any reason ..then acquire one or more of these. (It's my understanding that they produce viable seed you can grow more that way, if you're in no hurry.)

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 17, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Caryopteris clandonensis 'First Choice' BLUE MIST SHRUB Dec (z5) (Cut,Hon,Bfly)
New from England where renowned breeder Peter Catt selected it for its early bloom, its excellent compact rounded 2-4'habit, AND it deeeep rich blue flower color...enjoy! Sun/Med PPAF

Positive theresamendoza On Jun 11, 2005, theresamendoza from Hesperia, CA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have two clearance shrubs purchased for a dollar, planted in late summer in full sun. The bigger shrub is already blooming and I see buds on the smaller one. They are pretty bushes and I have not seen any growing in our zone 8.


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

Tucson, Arizona
Harrison, Arkansas
Hesperia, California
Lakeland, Florida
Yulee, Florida
Chicago, Illinois
Lake In The Hills, Illinois
Alfred, Maine
Middleboro, Massachusetts
Saint Louis, Missouri
Brick, New Jersey
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Yorktown Heights, New York
Taylorsville, North Carolina
Dayton, Ohio
Lima, Ohio
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Portland, Oregon
Schwenksville, Pennsylvania
Knoxville, Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee
Boerne, Texas

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