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Caryopteris divaricata 'Snow Fairy'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Caryopteris (kar-ee-OP-ter-iss) (Info)
Species: divaricata (dy-vair-ih-KAY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Snow Fairy

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

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

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall

Grown for foliage

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

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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6 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous On Nov 2, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

The variegated foliage stands out from the other greens in the landscape. The overall effect is gray-silver. Even the "green" leaf centers are really more gray-green.

The fragrance is negligible unless you bruise the foliage. Smells like the Asian fruit durian to me--not very nice.

This species is entirely herbaceous and not the least bit shrubby.

Tolerates part shade well.

Armitage gives Z6 as the northern hardiness limit.

Positive ms_greenjeans On Jan 18, 2013, ms_greenjeans from Hopkins, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

I felt I was pushing the zone 4 boundaries by planting this, but it is doing well here. It took a couple of summers to get going, and I didn't help at all because I moved it during that time. It is now a lovely specimen and extremely low-maintenance and trouble-free. The flowers are very pretty, but quite tiny and not terribly noticeable -- that's fine because the foliage really steals the show.
Update 2013: This plant/shrub is a delight. The foliage is gorgeous, and I take back what I said about the flowers. They are tiny, but very interesting and the effect of the dark royal purple and lighter purple shades against the foliage is simply stunning.

Positive chris_h On May 11, 2012, chris_h from Waukegan, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

Updated 8/10/13

I planted this in 2011 in late summer. Now in 2013 it is about 3 feet wide and tall. The blossoms last year were barely noticeable (hasn't bloomed yet this year) but even if it never bloomed I would keep it for the foliage alone, which positively glows against a dark background. The foliage looks very delicate but it is tough, tolerating long dry spells for me. When other plants are looking stressed by heat and low rainfall, this one looks fresh as a daisy. The only slightly negative comment I have is the odor when the leaves are bruised, rather like a strong smell of green peppers to me, not pleasant but tolerable. People seem to perceive the smell in different ways judging by the comments here. It is well worth having despite this minor drawback.

Neutral plantmover On Sep 2, 2008, plantmover from Hampton Roads, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

The foliage compensates for the lack of size and showiness in the flowers. Agree with previous note, finding the odor neither entirely offensive nor especially fragrant. Probably would've chosen a different variety had this one not been on the clearance rack; however, the variegation does add some diversity to the border and the plant has been relatively maintenance free.

Neutral Gabrielle On Apr 18, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

My information says that caryopteris is hardy in zones 4-9.

Positive chicochi3 On Apr 10, 2006, chicochi3 from Fayetteville, AR (Zone 6b) wrote:

A lovely plant with beautiful foliage and a pleasant, spicy scent.

Positive rcn48 On Jan 30, 2006, rcn48 from Lexington, VA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Striking bright white and green variegation which holds well throughout the summer. Heat and drought resistant. Wonderful compact form and has performed beautifully in our gardens in full or partial sun. Charming, delicate blue flowers cover this plant in late summer, early fall. The foliage does have a scent which some people have likened to cat urine, although we find it to be much more pleasant, almost pepper-like.

Positive Terry On Jun 16, 2004, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Well, one catalog says the leaves have a very distinctive smell when bruised. We'll see. Even if they do, the variegation is worth the price of noseplugs ;o) Caught this one on a spring clearance sale and couldn't pass it by when my other Caryopteris have done so well for me. Hope this one lives up to the high expectations set by its cousins!

June 2008 Update

Oh yeah - it DEFINITELY has a distinctive smell...kind of like turpentine. Not entirely offputting, but not really pleasant, either...


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

Fayetteville, Arkansas
Old Lyme, Connecticut
Cordele, Georgia
Waukegan, Illinois
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Westford, Massachusetts
Richland, Michigan
Hopkins, Minnesota
King City, Missouri
Saint Louis, Missouri
Clemmons, North Carolina
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Loveland, Ohio
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Sherwood, Oregon
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Lexington, Virginia
Newport News, Virginia
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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