bluebeard ‘Dark Knight’

This fragrant shrub bears intense sky blue blooms in late summer until frost. Deer and rabbits avoid the powdery, aromatic foliage. Blooms on new wood, so it is ok to prune down to new growth each spring for a more compact plant. This results in more blooms and a more mounded shape.

The number of blooms attract a variety of bees and butterflies. Caryopteris thrive in dry, full-sun growing conditions. Overwatering or planting in poor drained soil will result in a short-lived plant. The cultivar ‘Dark Knight’ has much brighter blue blooms than many of the other varieties.

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Botanical Name Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Dark Knight’
Common Name bluebeard ‘Dark Knight’
Family Lamiaceae
USDA Zone 5 thru 9
Light Requirement Full Sun
Season(s) of interest summer, fall, winter
Height and Spread 2-3ft x 2-3ft (60-90cm x 60-90cm)
Flower Color Smoky Blue-Purple
Attracts Wildlife Attracts Pollinators,
Additional Information Not Native to the US Midwest. Native range: Asia
Location in Lurie Garden East Meadow, West Meadow

Average Flowering Time