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CARYOPTERIS incana (SUNSHINE BLUE)

Image of Caryopteris incana 'Jason' (SUNSHINE BLUE) PPAF

James H. Schutte

Family

Verbenaceae

Botanical Name

CARYOPTERIS incana 'Jason'(SUNSHINE BLUE) PPAF

Plant Common Name

Bluebeard, Sunshine Blue Bluebeard

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General Description

The popular golden-leaved bluebeard 'Sunshine Blue' offers lovely rich violet-blue flowers in late summer to fall. This vigorous small flowering shrub is as tough and drought tolerant as it is pretty. It is similar to the popular 'Worchester Gold' but is more vigorous and compact.

The deciduous shrub has a uniform mounding, rounded habit and becomes covered with many small golden to chartreuse toothed leaves that have a minty scent if crushed. In the fall, the leafy stems become lined with many dense colorful whorls of flowers. These are soft violet-blue, draw pollinators in masses and are sweetly scented. The fruits are small, winged and have seeds that will readily sprout in the garden.

Plant bluebeard in sites with full to partial sun and average soil with good drainage. It is root-hardy to USDA Zone 5 where it will resprout from the ground in the spring. In warmer areas, it should be hard-pruned low to the ground after flowering to keep next year's growth compact and neat. It makes a nice accent plant in the mixed border and looks great planted in rows as a low ornamental summer hedge.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    Asia, China, Japan

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Blue Violet

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Gray Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Sienna

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Foundation, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No