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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 24 - 36 inches
Plant Spread: 36 inches
Leaves: Deciduous
Other: Green on top of leaves and gray-green underneath; fragrant when crushed
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on new wood
Flower Color: Blue
Other: Deep blue; dark purplish-blue
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: Self sows
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Patent/Plant Breeders' Rights: USPP 11,958 (Expired); CPBRAF
Goes Dormant
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM
Child plants: one child plant

Courtesy Avant Gardens

Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 26, 2015 8:16 AM

Hybridized by Peter Catt at the Liss Forest Nursery in Hampshire, England, and introduced in the US by Plant Haven. A hybrid that is a cross between two Asian species, Caryopteris incana and C. mongholica. Cut back in early spring to within 6 inches to keep its growth compact and vigorous. If a branch touches the ground, it will sprout new roots.

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