Caryopteris clandonensis Dark Knight

Blue Mist Spirea Dark Knight

 
Blue Caryopteris clandonensis Dark Knight, Caryopteris clandonensis Dark Knight, Blue Mist Spirea Dark Knight

Dark Knight' Blue Mist spirea blooms with a profussion of dark blue flowers in late summer when few other shrubs are flowering. Its modest size makes it very useful in smaller yards. Afantastic nectar source for bees and butterflies. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Regular Price: $11.99

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Zones 5 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
High Impact - Low Maintenance
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Bloom Time Early to late summer
Shipping Shipping begins in late February based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first. Learn More…
Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU 30715

Details

36-48" x 48" wide (cutting propagated). One of the best Blue Mist Spirea varieties, 'Dark Knight' has the deepest blue color of them all. Its tidy, upright growth habit and profusion of flowering spikes make it an essential part of the summer landscape. A reliable performer, 'Dark Knight' flowers heavily every year. Of modest size, it can be used in front of low walls, as a hedge or in groups around the base of larger shrubs, small trees and upright evergreens. Avoid heavy wet clay soils.
SKU 30715
Common Name Blue Mist Spirea Dark Knight
Botanical Name Caryopteris clandonensis Dark Knight
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color Blue
Mature Height 36-48" tall
Mature Spread 48" wide
Bloom Time Early to late summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Average Soil, Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Bee Friendly, Rabbit Resistant, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), High Impact - Low Maintenance
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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Shipping

Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Spring-Planted Perennial and Bulb orders will ship from February 27-June 30, warmest zones first. Most plant orders will arrive within 3-4 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

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High Country GardensCaryopteris clandonensis Dark Knight
 
3.8

(based on 8 reviews)

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71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (6)
  • Hardy (5)
  • Healthy (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (6)
  • Outdoors (4)
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautiful Plants - Bought More

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from Norman, OK

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Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Fence Lining
    • Garden
    • Outdoors
    • Pool Area

    Comments about High Country Gardens Caryopteris clandonensis Dark Knight:

    We purchase 3 Dark Knight Blue Mist Spirea in early May 2016. When they arrived, as others have noted, they were about 2-3" tall, at most. This was surprising, however, I called High County Gardens and they explained that they intentionally prune the shrubs down to a small size from the ground up so that they are not damaged in shipping, although the root ball is more substantial so that by the end of growing season they should be anywhere from 75% to full grown. I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical, but my skepticism could not have been more off. I would guess they are about 60-70% toward full growth at this point. They are beautiful plants, and I only expect them to fill out into next Spring (2017) growing season considering their growth in their initial year.

    The original plantings, as mailed, can be seen in the first photo in between the Mexican Feather grasses. As you will see, the Speria got so large, we eventually transplanted the Mexican Feather grass and left the three Speria shrubs by themselves.

    We loved them so much we recently bought 4 more plants to continue lining our fence. Great product.

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    3.0

    Turned into a giant.

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    from Orofino, Idaho

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    Pros

    • Attractive
    • Hardy

    Cons

    • Flimsy
    • This plant has grown too large and sprawling.

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors

    Comments about High Country Gardens Caryopteris clandonensis Dark Knight:

    this plant has always been satisfactory, but this year, a wet year in North central Idaho, it has grown to sprawl all over the roses next to it and over the lawn. I haven't fertilized it. Can anyone help?

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great drought tolerant plant

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    from Walsenburg, Co.

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    Pros

    • Attractive
    • Hardy
    • Healthy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden

      Comments about High Country Gardens Caryopteris clandonensis Dark Knight:

      In response to some of the other reviews: HCG plants may be a little small when they arrive, but given just a little compost and water until they're established, they will double even triple in size. We planted a large flower garden in southern Colorado using HCG plants (and some others from other sources) and were amazed at how much the HCG plants grew in just the first year. Blue Mist Spirea Dark Knight was one of those plants. We had 3-4 foot wide shrubs by the end of the second summer. All we added to the dirt was some compost. It's a beautiful plant.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Caryopteris does well for me in the garden

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      from Santa Fe, NM

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      Pros

      • Attractive
      • Hardy
      • Healthy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Garden
        • Outdoors

        Comments about High Country Gardens Caryopteris clandonensis Dark Knight:

        I had several of the blue mist plants when gardening in the Pacific Northwest. Most plants grow so well there that I took this plant for granted. Now I am gardening in Northern New Mexico, and most plants do not survive well. What does fairly well usually gets eaten by the rabbits, even rabbit resistant plants. I am impressed with how well these plants do--they help carry the garden through the heat of the summer and well into autumn.
        I will always have this plant in my yard.

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        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Not what was expected

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        from Avon, Indiana

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        Pros

        • Can' Rate - Not Growing

        Cons

        • Small In Size

        Best Uses

        • Garden

        Comments about High Country Gardens Caryopteris clandonensis Dark Knight:

        Arrived - 1 dead, and one grew for 2 weeks and then died. But I was most dismayed when they arrived and they were the tiniest shrubs known to man. I don't know if they will grow to their full maturity before I die (I'm guessing 20 years)

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        5.0

        great little bush

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        from high plains

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        • Attractive

        Cons

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          • Garden

          Comments about High Country Gardens Caryopteris clandonensis Dark Knight:

          grew great the first year, with little rainfall.
          irrigation only until established.
          flowered from early summer til frost.

          i ordered more.

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          1.0

          Plants tiny

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          from Houston Tx

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          Pros

            Cons

            • Small In Size

            Best Uses

              Comments about High Country Gardens Caryopteris clandonensis Dark Knight:

              Just purchased 3 of these plants. NO WAY I would have ever spent the money on them if I realized the plants would be 2" tall. I am so very disappointed.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Absolutely beautiful

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              from OFallon, Missouri

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              Pros

              • Accurate Instructions
              • Attractive
              • Hardy
              • Healthy

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Outdoors

                Comments about High Country Gardens Caryopteris clandonensis Dark Knight:

                Performed very well for it's first year. Needed no maintenance at all.

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                USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

                To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

                • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
                • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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