Caryopteris x clandonensis Lil Miss Sunshine®

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Plant Code: CALM

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This golden beauty glows all season long. Clouds of amethyst blue flowers in summer float above the sunny yellow compact foliage for compelling contrast.

Butterflies, hummingbirds and bees welcome this nectar source. Once established, this drought tolerant plant is virtually maintenance free. Caryopteris Lil Miss Sunshine® has a dense mounding habit. Long blooming.

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Type: Shrubs
Height: Medium 3'
Spacing: Plant 3' apart
Bloom Time: Mid-Summer to Mid-Fall
Sun-Shade: Full Sun
Zones: 5-9   Find Your Zone
Soil Condition: Normal, Sandy
Flower: Blue
Accent: Lavender
Patent: PP22,160 'Janice'
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep

Features to Note

  • Beneficial for Pollinators
  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Good for Cut Flowers
  • Deer Resistant
  • Hot Dry Site Tolerant
  • Fragrant
  • Good for Hedge
  • Attracts Hummingbirds
  • Long-Blooming
  • OK in Containers
  • Seaside/Salt Tolerant

Caryopteris General Information

Caryopteris are covered with clusters of delicate blue flowers from late summer until frost. Provides hard-to-find midsummer color. Attractive to butterflies and works well in containers. Good drought tolerance reported.

Caryopteris Plant Care

Caryopteris bloom on current season's growth, so prune hard in early spring after leaves appear to remove dead growth, promote new blooms and control size and shape. May self sow lightly. Rooted stems may be separated from parent and transplanted in spring. Avoid wet soils. May die back to ground in Zones 5 and 6 but will send up new growth in spring.