Plants for Water Wise Pollinator Gardens: Blue Mist Spirea (Caryopteris x clandonensis)

Plant Family

Verbena Family (Verbenaceae)

Bee feeds on Blue Mist Spirea (Caryopteris clandonensis) flower Photo credit: rweithorn Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Caryopteris clandonensis flowering Photo credit: Tuinieren Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Common Names

Bluebeard, Common bluebeard, Blue mist shrub, Blue spirea


  • Blue mist spirea is a small twiggy shrub native to Asia
  • A number of cultivars are available in the nursery trade.
  • This shrub can range from 24 to about 48 inches tall and wide
  • Clusters of blue tubular flowers bloom from late summer through fall
  • Does best in well drained dry soils with little to no fertilizer
  • Requires full sun for optimal growth
  • It can be grown in USDA Zones 5 to 9 but will survive in the warmer ranges of Zone 4


adult and larval butterflies and moths

Additional Resources:


Washington  Caryopteris x clandonensis Blue spirea


North Carolina Plant Fact Sheets


Texas – Caryopteris x clandonensis A. Simmonds ex A. Rehder – Bluebeard