Caryopteris Lil' Miss Sunshine® Description
A truly jaw-dropping color combo! Lil’ Miss Sunshine® gets its name from chartreuse-yellow foliage, which is contrasted beautifully by bright blue flowers in late summer to fall. It’s a petite shrub, maxing out at 3’ tall and wide, and it stays neat and compact throughout the whole season. This is a great option for bringing contrast and late-season interest into any sunny, well-draining garden spot. You’ll be rewarded with flurries of visiting pollinators and unique cut flowers.Special features: Attracts butterflies, drought tolerant, deer resistant, heat tolerant, compact, easy-care, fragrant, attracts hummingbirds, long blooming
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- Botanical name:
Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Janice' Lil’ Miss Sunshine®
- Common name:
Blue mist, blue mist spirea, bluebeard
- Zone:5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Sun (6+ hrs/day)
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- Soil type:
Normal, sandy, well-drained
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- Height x width:
2.5-3' tall and wide
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- Foliage color:
- Bloom season:
Border, cottage gardening, foundation planting, hedge, massing, specimen, flower garden, cut flower garden, pollinator garden
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- Patent #:USPP22,160
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Soil: Well-drained soil is a must. Tolerates dry conditions once established.
Light: Full sun
Water: Low to moderate. Tolerates some drought. Intolerant of wet, poorly-drained soils.
Spacing: 3 feet
Fertilizing: None needed. But if desired, you can apply a granular all purpose garden or rose fertilizer in early spring.
Winterizing: Stems will often die to the ground in the cold winters of Zones 5 and 6, with roots surviving to push up new stems in spring.
Maintenance & pruning: In spring, when the new growth begins to emerge on the stems, cut back to just above where big, healthy buds are emerging. The plant may be cut back by up to two-thirds its total height, but will recover as long as there are living buds below the cut. This approach keeps the plant dense and tidy, and prevents it from splaying out or cracking.
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