Blue Mist Spiraea, Bluebeard 'First Choice'

Caryopteris x clandonensis

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)




Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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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:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

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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

Portsmouth, Virginia

Lake Stevens, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 16, 2016, Pistil from Lake Stevens, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This shrub is very easy, hardy and trouble-free. I couldn't keep 'Dark Knight' through the winter, in my soggy Seattle clay, but this one thrives, even if I don't water for over a month in summer. No pests, it never wilts. It would get much larger than it says. I cut them back very hard to about 6 inches in early spring, they get to be about 3 1/2 feet tall and wide, in a big blue ball shape. The bees go nuts when it blooms late summer-fall.


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.)


On Mar 17, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) 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


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.