Blue Mist Spiraea, Bluebeard 'Blue Mist'

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: Blue Mist




Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


24-36 in. (60-90 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:

Sun to Partial Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Light Blue

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Blooms repeatedly



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

By serpentine layering

Seed Collecting:

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


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

Arab, Alabama

Oakley, California

Redding, California

Broomfield, Colorado

Peyton, Colorado

Norwalk, Connecticut

Clearwater, Florida

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Peoria, Illinois

Georgetown, Indiana

Greenville, Indiana

South Bend, Indiana

Waverly, Iowa

Portland, Maine

Fallston, Maryland

Towson, Maryland

Bellaire, Michigan

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Utica, Michigan

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Mathiston, Mississippi

Moberly, Missouri

Miles City, Montana

Manchester, New Hampshire

Munsonville, New Hampshire

Kirtland, New Mexico

Croton On Hudson, New York

Kendall, New York

Lansing, New York

Poughkeepsie, New York

Charlotte, North Carolina

Clemmons, North Carolina

Statesville, North Carolina

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Spencer, Oklahoma

Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania

Coopersburg, Pennsylvania

Schwenksville, Pennsylvania

Towanda, Pennsylvania

Greenwood, South Carolina

Summerville, South Carolina

Memphis, Tennessee

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Boerne, Texas

Bulverde, Texas

Jacksonville, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Spicewood, Texas

Wimberley, Texas

South Jordan, Utah

Radford, Virginia

Stafford, Virginia

Suffolk, Virginia

Clinton, Washington

East Port Orchard, Washington

Rainier, Washington

Vashon, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 5, 2009, mogie49 from Lansing, NY wrote:

Had a row of these plants put in along our walkway almost two years ago. They filled in and bloomed heavily last summer and are just coming into bloom this year. The bees are more interested in the flowers than anyone walking by. This spring I noticed hundreds, if not thousands, of little plants which I thought were weeds. As I pulled them out I noticed the slight scent and soon realized they were blue mist shrub seedlings. Many of them are now about 4-10" high and starting to bush out. I have been transplanting to other areas and giving some away. I have found that after it rains they can just be pulled out with all the roots and transplant very well.


On May 2, 2009, redcamaro350ss from Statesville, NC wrote:

I do like this plant overall. One of the biggest problems with it however is that it is VERY brittle. It tends to break with the slightest bit of contact. Just make sure it is planted where things such as dogs, garden hoses or high winds will not break it. The problem is that branches rarely break off, but rather it breaks off right at the roots and then tends to die.


On Jan 25, 2009, ClanCampbell from (Chris) Des Moines, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:

This shrub grew FAST here and bloomed like crazy all summer until the first frost.. and this was our first year with it!

BUT.. if you don't like bees, don't plant near the front door as we did.. the bumblebees went nuts over it and would get agressive as we walked by. Needless to say, the shrub is being moved this spring!


On Apr 17, 2008, Chantell from Middle of, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

If you like a naturalizing look...this little bush/shrub is for you...with its wispy "branches" and beautiful blooms it makes for a delicate accent. I have noticed it is sllloooowww growing...but the light scent and soothing color make up for it.


On Nov 23, 2007, LeBug from Greenville, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

I love my blue mist shrubs! Sounds like every body else does too with more than one in their gardens I have 7 of them, one mama plant and 6 babies that I started in the spring and they got to be 2 around if not more and bloomed until the first hard frost, mine have never reseeded and I have never cut mine back but plan to try that in the spring and see how they do Im all for more flowers but it has a lot already. The butterflies and hummers do love this shrub!


On Aug 29, 2007, phoebejo from Waverly, IA wrote:

Beautiful blue flowers in August, September when everything else is gone. Keeps spreading and fills in areas that have already bloomed and are dying down. I love this plant and have it in two places. They survived an ice storm and two late frosts in Zone 4 this year.


On Aug 24, 2005, flowercrazy39 from Manchester, NH wrote:

One of my favorites and I've successfully taken cuttings and grown new ones. They grow very quickly from cuttings and look beautiful.


On Apr 27, 2004, iloveleaves from Miles City, MT wrote:

I love this plant. It smells so great and both folage and flowers are beautiful. I have 2 that are 4 years old, and they both have survived our Montana winters (zone 3-4).


On Mar 8, 2004, sue1952 from Utica, MI wrote:

In SE Michigan - grows well. Also reseeds itself readily. I have picked up offspring around the other plants and transplanted them successfully. Need to be pruned twice each season as they tend to grow rapidly and out of proportion. Such a pretty color of blue. Need water - but not too much - will cause problems.


On Apr 22, 2003, 1pgreen from Waukesha, WI wrote:

I love this plant! Beautiful mound of blue spires most of the summer, the hummingbirds absolutely flock to it, and if you cut it down in the spring it gets better every year. It loves sun, hardly needs watering, and overwinters well in zone 5. I have 1 on each corner of my house.


On Jul 21, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

A hybrid between C. incana and C. mongholica. The lavender-blue flowers are produced abundantly in late summerand are very attractive to bees and butterflies. With pinching, it will continue to bloom until frost.

Cold hardy to this zone (6) at least, but prune hard in the spring, even if there isn't much winter dieback. The plant will look sad for a bit, but you'll get a tighter shrub and more flowers for your efforts.