Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Dark Knight'


Deciduous Shrub

Caryopteris is an easy to grow, drought tolerant deciduous shrub for hot conditions that produces blue blooms that are abuzz with bees and butterflies in late summer. It blooms on new wood and performs best if cut back to about 8 to 12 inches in late winter to encourage vigorous new growth.

Growing Conditions

Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9

Exposure: Full Sun, Afternoon Sun, Reflected Heat

Water Needs: Drought-tolerant, Low


Size: 30 - 48 tall x 30 - 48 wide
Shape / Form: Mounding
Foliage Texture: Medium
Foliage Quality: Medium

Features: Attracts Bees, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Drought-tolerant / Water wise, Dwarf / Compact Plant, Flowers, Fragrant, Long Blooming, Low Maintenance

Foliage Color: Green
Leaf Shape: Lance-shaped

Flower Color: Blue
Bloom Season: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Summer

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Banks and Slopes, Cutting Garden, Groundcover, Hedges and Screens, Hell Strip, Mixed Border
Special Situations: Deer Resistant, Low Water / No Water
Wildlife: Bees, Beneficial Insects, Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Hummingbirds, Pollinators

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Summer, Fall, Late Spring / Early Summer, Late Summer / Early Fall
Position / Role: mid-plane filler
Collections: eGardenGo Favorite, Great Plant Pick, Plants That Earn Their Keep

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low, medium

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