Caryopteris clandonensis First Choice

Blue Mist Spirea First Choice

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First Choice' is a newer selection with particularly deep blue flowers and a more compact mature size than other Blue Mist spirea. Blooming late summer it is an invaluable nectar source for bees and butterflies. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 5 - 9
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)
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
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Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU 30717


24-48" tall x 48" wide (cutting propagated). An outstanding new Blue Mist cultivar, 'First Choice' is different from other varieties because of its tight branching habit and deep, deep blue late-summer flower spikes. Blooming after 'Longwood Blue', plant them both to have several months of flowering. Caryopteris is also a superb shrub for providing nectar for butterflies and other pollinators. Plant in non-clay soils and irrigate deeply but infrequently. Trim back by 1/3 to 1/2 in the spring every third year. Deahead annually in the fall or spring. I like it paired with white flowered Fernbush.
SKU 30717
Common Name Blue Mist Spirea First Choice
Botanical Name Caryopteris clandonensis First Choice
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color Blue
Mature Height 24-48" 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
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)
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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great plant


from Santa Fe, NM

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Caryopteris clandonensis First Choice:

    I like all the blue mist plants. This one is compact, which has it's uses, as it can be tucked in wherever it's needed without taking over the entire area.
    I have found all the caryopteris plants beautiful and sturdy, and hard to kill. I hope to never be without one in my yard.

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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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