SUNSHINE BLUE® II Bluebeard

Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Height: 2-3' Width/Spread: 2-3'

For gardeners who love a colorful space! Sunshine Blue® II bluebeard has a baseline of cheerful yellow-y chartreuse foliage. Its springy rounded habit bears the color perfectly, presenting itself as a sunny little ball for the middle or front of the border. Thanks to its constant color, you could easily plant it in place of coleus! In late summer, the color display doubles! Its airy stems fill with little bunches of bright blue, flowers. This view is the reason for its other common name – blue mist spirea. From afar, it looks like a little blue cloud is hovering over the little mass of foliage. As a note, it’s not actually related to spirea one bit.

Why grow Sunshine Blue® II bluebeard?

  • Very hardy and adaptable to many conditions
  • Great pollinator plant
  • Grows quickly to its mature size

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Light: Needs full sun, which is six hours or more of direct light.

Soil: Good drainage is imperative, so any well-drained soil will do.

Water: Low to average water needs and is quite drought tolerant once it’s established.

Fertilizing: One application of a rose fertilizer or granulated shrub fertilizer in early spring is sufficient; becomes open and floppy if grown in high fertility environments.

Pruning: In both warm and cold climates, prune bluebeard back to a few inches above the ground each spring. This keeps plants dense and compact. In cold climates, wait until you see signs of growth beginning to emerge on the stems before pruning.

Botanical Name

Caryoperis incana 'SMNCVH' PP#28,093

Zone

5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Flower Color

Blue

Foliage Color

Yellow

Height

2-3'

Width/Spread

2-3'

Exposure

Full Sun, Part Sun

Soil

Average, Dry, Well-drained

Season of Interest

Fall, Summer

Uses

Borders, Containers, Cutting Gardens, Edging, Low Hedges, Mass Planting

Features

Attracts pollinators, Deer resistant, Drought tolerant, Fall interest, Foliage interest, Heat tolerant

Blooms On

New wood

Breeder

Tim Wood, Grand Haven, Michigan

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