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    Default Bluebeard, WOW!

    Out of all the plants in our yard including Anise Hyssop, Borage, Russian Sage, and Lavender, our 3 Bluebeard plants are by far the favorites of not only the honeybees but the bumblebees and leafcutter bees. They bloom for 2-3 months in the late summer/fall and are literally covered for weeks at a time by our girls.

    Does anyone else have these shrubs planted?

    Here is what I'm talking about:

    http://www.provenwinners.com/plants/...opteris-incana

    http://www.bhg.com/gardening/trees-s...ooming-shrubs/

    We have of the regular and 2 of the 'petit bleu' (a smaller variety). They like them equally.

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    Default Re: Bluebeard, WOW!

    My wife was pointing out some purple flowers along the berm and in the center divider. The leaves were not as yellow as this but I was without any idea of what it was. It appears it is available only as a shrub from my search (and spendy at that).
    I am going to put it on my list and see if I can get one to grow (then try rooting hormone on it).
    “Why do we fall, sir? So that we might learn to pick ourselves up” Alfred Pennyworth Batman Begins (2005)

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    Default Re: Bluebeard, WOW!

    Quote Originally Posted by minz View Post
    I am going to put it on my list and see if I can get one to grow (then try rooting hormone on it).
    If you want seeds, try searching for "Caryopteris seed". Here are a few sources:
    http://www.seedman.com/jimfav.htm (about middle of page)
    http://www.tsflowers.com/seeds/caryo...blue_myth.html
    http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=caryopteris+seed

    Bluebeard and Blue Mist seem to be different names for the same plant.
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

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    Default Re: Bluebeard, WOW!

    i noticed them covered in honeybees when i worked at a nursery...
    now that i have bees of my own, i went searching for the plants
    now i have four of the plants, but i got rooted cuttings (very much cheaper) instead of large pots (will flower faster)
    so i am waiting patiently for them to grow big enough to flower

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    Default Re: Bluebeard, WOW!

    I planted this Bluebeard about two years ago.When i took the picture it was covered with honeybees.
    http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/...s/DSC02051.jpg

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    Default Re: Bluebeard, WOW!

    If you buy the plants this time of year, they should be greatly discounted. Here is one example:

    http://www.highcountrygardens.com/in...roduct_id/4793

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    Default Re: Bluebeard, WOW!

    High Country Gardens is right down the street from me, and Blue Mist Spirea (Bluebeard) is indeed one of the bees favorites. This plant is predominant all over Santa Fe and surrounding areas. My bees are on it from dawn to dark, never fails.
    "Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay".....Krishnamurti

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