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Commonly known as Blue beard, Blue spiraea
Genus of 6 species of aromatic, deciduous shrubs and perennials from various habitats in the Himalayas and mountains of eastern Asia.
The very popular clandonensis cultivars originated in the garden of Arthur Simmonds at Clandon, Surrey, as the result of an accidental cross.
DeciduousShrubs and perennials
Dwarf shrubTypically only grows to a maximum of one or two feet in height but there will be some exceptions.
Medium shrubTypically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
Full sunIn colder climates grow against warm wall.
Additional FeaturesGood to knowWildlife plant - nectar and pollen for insects. Prune back hard in spring.Pests & DiseasesCapsid bugsPlace of originHimalayas, eastern Asia.Resistant to honey fungusThese plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
Scented PlantsScented flowersScented foliage
Soil ConditionsMedium to light, fertile, well drained soil
WildlifeBee friendlyButterfly friendly
Buy Varieties of CARYOPTERIS
compact habit and fragrant lilac-pink flowers from midsummer to early autumn
golden foliage and bright blue flowers
vigorous new variety with large blue flowers
bright yellow leaves giving good colour all summer. Dark blue flowers