Caryopteris incana (Thunb. ex Houtt.) Miq.

Bluebeard, Autumn Blue Spirea, California Lilac

Family: Lamiaceae

Genus: Caryopteris

Category: Shrub - Deciduous

Zones: 6 to 10

Size: 3 to 5' tall and wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun


Habit loose and open. Leaves coarsely toothed, to 3" long, dull green. Purple-blue flowers around the stem in late summer to autumn.


'Candida' - white flowers

'Blue Cascade' - arching stems

'Autumn Pink' - pink flowers


Published in Ann. Mus. Bot. Lugduno-Batavi 2: 97 in 1865.

Native to China, Taiwan, Korea and Japan.

Introduced in 1844.


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