Caryopteris, Dark Knight


Description: Dark Knight (also commonly called blue spirea, blue mist, or bluebeard) is a low-mounded, deciduous shrub that is valued for its aromatic foliage and late summer flowers which are said to resemble clouds of blue smoke or mist. 'Dark Knight' features a profuse, shrub-covering bloom of fragrant, deep bluish-purple flowers in large clusters from late summer into fall. Ovate to lance-shaped, dull green leaves (to 1.5" long) are silvery below. Foliage is aromatic when brushed with a hand. Flowers are very attractive to butterflies and other beneficial insects.

Common Name: Dark Knight Caryopteris

Scientific Name: Caryopteris clandonensis 'Dark Knight'

Type: Perennial, Shrub

Exposure: Full Sun - Partial Shade

Size: 2-3" height, 2-3" spread

Bloom Color: Dark Purple

Bloom Period: Summer - Fall

Foliage Color: Gray / Green

Landscape Use: Garden Pond, Landscape Beds, Outdoor Living Areas, Perennial Garden, Small Groups, Woodland Border, Butterfly/Cottage Garden

Soil: Well-Drained

Growth Rate: Fast

Zone: 5 - 9

Companion Plants: Dwarf Burning Bush, Boxwood, Roses, Purple Coneflower, Black-Eyed Susan, Ornamental Grasses



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