Caryopteris 'Grand Bleu'

Caryopteris ‘Grand Bleu®’: A Blue Mist of Late-Summer Elegance

Caryopteris ‘Grand Bleu’, also known as Bluebeard or Blue Mist Spirea, is a stunning deciduous shrub that brings a touch of misty blue elegance to any garden. This article delves into the background, family, description, care instructions, and propagation methods for this beautiful and easy-to-grow plant.

Background and Plant Family

Caryopteris ‘Grand Bleu’ belongs to the Lamiaceae family, commonly known as the mint family. This family is known for its aromatic members, which include many herbs and ornamental plants. The genus name Caryopteris comes from the Greek words “karyon” meaning “nut” and “pteron” meaning “wing,” referring to the winged fruits of the shrub. Caryopteris × clandonensis, commonly known as Bluebeard, is a hybrid discovered in cultivation as an accidental cross between Caryopteris incana and Caryopteris mongholica. This hybrid is prized for its late summer blooms and aromatic foliage, making it a valuable addition to gardens.


Caryopteris ‘Grand Bleu’ is a compact, upright shrub that typically reaches a height and spread of 1.5 to 2.5 feet. The shrub forms a uniform, rounded mound with glossy, dark green leaves that are ovate to lance-shaped and about 1.5 inches long. In mid-summer, the foliage is shrouded in a cloud of deep blue flowers, which continue blooming until September. These dense flower clusters are highly attractive to late-season pollinators, including butterflies and bees, who savor the fragrant, nectar-rich blooms. The flowers are arranged in terminal and axillary clusters (cymes) and are known for their showy, deep blue color.

How to grow Caryopteris ‘Grand Bleu’:

Light and Soil Requirements: Caryopteris ‘Grand Bleu’ thrives in full sun and prefers average, medium moisture, well-drained soil. It is particularly well-suited to loose loams. While it tolerates some drought, it is intolerant of wet, poorly-drained soils, which can lead to crown rot.

Watering and Fertilization: Water the plant moderately, ensuring the soil remains moist but not waterlogged. Caryopteris ‘Grand Bleu’ is relatively low maintenance and does not require frequent fertilization. An annual application of a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer in early spring can support its growth.

Pruning: In colder climates (USDA Zones 5 and 6), Caryopteris ‘Grand Bleu’ often experiences winter dieback, with the top growth dying off while the roots survive. In these zones, it is advisable to prune the stems back hard each spring to promote vigorous new growth. Even in warmer climates (Zones 7 and above), annual spring pruning is recommended to encourage fresh, robust stems. Since Caryopteris blooms on new wood, spring pruning does not adversely affect flowering.

Pest and Disease Resistance: Caryopteris ‘Grand Bleu’ has no serious insect or disease problems. However, it is crucial to avoid wet, poorly-drained soils to prevent crown rot.

Propagation of Caryopteris ‘Grand Bleu’:

Caryopteris ‘Grand Bleu’ can be propagated through softwood cuttings or by division.

Softwood Cuttings:

  1. In late spring or early summer, take softwood cuttings from the plant.
  2. Dip the cut end of each cutting in the rooting hormone to encourage root development.
  3. Plant the cuttings in a well-draining propagation medium and keep them in a humid environment until roots develop.
  4. Once rooted, transplant the young plants into individual pots and continue to grow them until they are large enough to be planted in the garden.


  1. In early spring or fall, dig up the mature plant.
  2. Carefully divide the root ball into smaller sections, ensuring each section has several stems and a healthy root system.
  3. Replant the divisions immediately, spacing them appropriately in the garden.


Caryopteris ‘Grand Bleu’ is a delightful addition to any garden, offering a burst of misty blue flowers in late summer and early fall. Its compact size, fragrant foliage, and ability to attract pollinators make it a versatile and valuable plant for various garden settings. Whether used in large containers, as a hedge, or as part of a landscape, this low-maintenance, drought-tolerant shrub is sure to bring beauty and ease to your gardening experience. With proper care and the right growing conditions, Caryopteris ‘Grand Bleu’ can thrive and provide vibrant color and fragrance year after year.

Caryopteris 'Grand Bleu'
Caryopteris ‘Grand Bleu’

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