Dark Knight Bluebeard (Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Dark Knight’)

Dark Knight Bluebeard

  • Drought Tolerant
  • Small, Mounding shrub
  • Mid-summer Flowers
  • Attracts Pollinators

The Bluebeard Dark Knight (Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Dark Knight’) adds deep blue color and pleasant fragrance to your garden.

Compact though prolific, this lovely variety layers well in larger gardens and creates dramatic solo effects in smaller urban spaces such as the rooftop, a small yard, or in courtyard gardens. Plant a row to draw attention with a bank of color or plant in a cluster to draw attention to a central focal point.

Regardless of how and where you choose to place your Bluebeard, you’ll find it attracts attention from butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects as well, making it an excellent choice for butterfly and pollinator garden designs.

Blooming in late summer when many other flowering plants have receded, this sturdy deciduous shrub will continue blooming until frost, when it dies back during the winter ,but returns year after year, making it an excellent long-term investment.

Pruning the Dark Knight Bluebeard in early spring promotes blooms and longevity, along with maintaining the often preferred compact and mounded shape. Best to prune your Caryopteris in early spring to reduce the size, and in the colder climates to prune off any winter damaged branches.

This Bluebeard is a fast grower and prefers a full sun location. Low water needs mean this variety can handle drought or drier conditions. Mulch near the base of the plants is still a recommendation during these times, to retain additional needed moisture.

Make Bluebeard Dark Knight a welcome addition to your garden and create a summer wildlife attraction.

Dark Knight Bluebeard (Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Dark Knight’) Details

Common name Dark Knight Bluebeard
Botanical name Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Dark Knight'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 5-9
Growth rate Medium
Height 2 - 3 ft.
Width 18 - 24 inches
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Low Once Established
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time Early Spring
Flower color Purple, Blue