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Beyond Midnight® Bluebeard Caryopteris x clandonensis

  • Sun

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Summer
Mature Size
3' 3'
2' - 3'
2' - 3'
  • Details


    Dark and dreamy!

    You'll love this new caryopteris - it has extremely dark, glossy foliage, a compact habit, and deep blue flowers. It adds much-needed color to the late summer landscape and makes a handsome companion with perennials. A great favorite with pollinators of all types!

    Top three reasons to grow Beyond Midnight® caryopteris:

    • Adds fresh color to the landscape late in the season
    • Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
    • Better color and habit than other caryopteris 
    Long Blooming
    Fall Interest
    Heat Tolerant
    Deadheading Not Necessary
    Drought Tolerant


    Plant Type: 
    Shrub Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    24 - 30 Inches
    24 - 36 Inches
    24 - 30 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Shade: 
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    dark, glossy
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Maintenance Category: 
    Blooms On: 
    New Wood
    Bloom Time: 
    Late Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Early Fall
    Hardiness Zones: 
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
    Water Category: 
    Needs Good Drainage
    Border Plant
    Mass Planting
    Uses Notes: 

    Mixed borders; perennial gardens

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Caryopteris demands a sunny spot and very well-drained soil. Wet soils, particularly those that remain soggy during periods of cold weather, will cause root rot. For this reason, we recommend early season planting of caryopteris in zones 5 and 6.

    Caryopteris should be cut back every spring to ensure sturdy, dense growth. You may give it a light trim in late autumn, once it has gone dormant, to remove the old flowers and eliminate possible seed spread. However, do not cut into any thick, woody stems until new growth begins to emerge in spring. Then, cut the whole plant back to just above where large, healthy buds are emerging.

    Fun Facts: 

    Caryopteris is also known as bluebeard or blue mist spirea - but it's not a spirea at all. In fact, they're not even remotely related.

    Beyond Midnight® Caryopteris x clandonensis 'CT-9-12' USPP 27,426, Can 5,414
  • 21 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • Very beautiful plant and blooms in zone 7A. Planted with soil conditioner because of clay soil. Bees were all over it late summer to fall.

      , North Carolina
      , United States
      , 29 weeks ago
    • Arrived dead, still dead. Waste of money

      , 33 weeks ago
    • I have planted this in a NYC garden and another garden 2 hours north. What is the secret to making this plant survive?

      Christine Bates
      , New York
      , United States
      , 48 weeks ago
    • I have planted this in a NYC garden and another garden 2 hours north. What is the secret to making this plant survive?

      Christine Bates
      , New York
      , United States
      , 48 weeks ago
    • I love Proven Winners advertising, great photos, great plants and good grouping recipes, the only thing I don't like is their prices when items are mail ordered. I get it, boxing and shipping are costly. My advice, go to your local garden center first. No need to pay more than you have to. $10 to $12 for a gallon size container is about right and when you're there who knows what else you'll find. Also, we have some fantastic growers close to home here in Northern CA. No mail order for me.

      Gardening Grandma
      , 1 year ago
    • I bought two of these for our home SE of Seattle. They’ve got full sun, and great drainage for our soggy winters. They’re planted with gaura, salvias, lavender, lilies, and crocosmia in a border, and have thrived for several years. My favorite thing is when the light pink guara grows through them, and it becomes a mass of flowers and pollinators. Absolutely gorgeous.

      , Washington
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • Not Impressed. I bought several of these plants and the blooms are tiny and washed out. They are NOTHING like the brilliant blooms shown by Proven Winners. Extremely disappointed in the false advertising. I have noticed the problem with Proven Winners posting pictures that look nothing like the real plants. Will not be buying PW plants anymore. Way overpriced.

      Maryann Ferencak
      , Florida
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I love this plant! I bought 2 and kept one in a pot and one in the ground. In zone 6 both came back after 2 winters. This spring I have transplanted them both into a spot where I can see them better. I also pruned them and the look fantastic! So much new strong growth coming back!

      , New Jersey
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I adore this plant as a late season prolific bloomer. The color is gorgeous and it’s the best fall pollinator I have except for a New England aster. Perfect shrub size. Needs to be pruned back in early spring after new growth appears. I originally had 2. One did die due to too much water from one of the worst flood years on record. The other was in a slightly better draining location and thrived. We bought 2 more as a backdrop to a new flower bed. I suspect this plant should be treated like Russian sage. Keep it a little dry, neglect it a little. Probably does better in poor soil like lavender.

      , 1 year ago
    • LOVE caryopteris - beautiful pollinator magnets, esp. honey bees. However: tried 2 varieties, neither survived. As a master gardener & master naturalist, am quite puzzled. Others' reviews share the same disappointment.

      V. M. Jostes
      , Indiana
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
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