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CARYOPTERIS x clandonensis 'Lisaura'(HINT OF GOLD) PPAF
Bluebeard, Hint of Gold Bluebeard
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The heavenly bluebeard 'Lisaura' offers deep violet-blue flowers in fall. This vigorous small flowering shrub is as tough and drought tolerant as it is pretty. The hybrid is usually sold under the trade name Hint of Gold and originates from a cross between the two Asian species Caryopteris incana and C. mongholica.
The deciduous shrub has a mounding, rounded habit and becomes covered with many small, toothed leaves that emerge green but quickly change to golden yellow. They hold their color in the heat of summer and have a minty scent if crushed. In the fall, the leafy stems become lined with many contrasting whorls of dark blue flowers. These draw pollinators in masses and are sweetly scented. The fruits are small, winged and have in early tests appear to be sterile.
Plant bluebeard in sites with full to partial sun and average soil with good drainage. This new cultivar is root-hardy to USDA Zone 6 (But is still being tested in colder areas) 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.
9 - 1
6 - 9
2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
24"-30" / 61.0cm - 76.2cm
30"-36" / 76.2cm - 91.4cm
Early Fall, Fall
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Green, Gray Green, Gold
Gray Green, Gold
Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border
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