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This has to be one of the most peculiar plants that I've ever grown. Reaching heights of 48" - 72" in part shade to full sun, Caryopteris divaricata blooms with flowers that I can't even begin to describe. Hopefully this, even difficult to photograph, plant will explain itself to you with the attached jpg.
A vigorous grower and self seeder, I was given this plant by Fred McGourtey many years ago. The cool blue color of the unique small flowers captures rays of sunlight and bends them like a prism.
Don't crush the leaves and smell them, as they have an indescribable stink to them. This is not a problem however, as you can't smell them unless you play with them.
Caryopteris divaricata is the only herbaceous Caryopteris that I know of, and I still wonder about its classification as a Caryopteris. It has square stems, but it isn't a mint. Someone speculated that it's a Srobilanthes, but I don't know enough about that genus to speculate. It's sometimes been referred to as Caryopteris nepalensis and it seems that it is of Japanese origin, but that is a contentious point also as some folks claim it to be of Himalayan descent.
But....wherever it's from and whatever it is....it's an easy and fun plant to grow and of course.
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