Family - Verbenaceae
Stems - To 1.5m tall, multiple, branching, woody, gray-tomentose above, glabrescent below, dying back each year.
Leaves - Opposite, coarsely toothed, short-petiolate, gray-tomentose above and below, lanceolate, to 6cm long, 3cm wide, fragrant.
Inflorescence - Axillary, pedunculate, cymose clusters, mostly in upper half of stems.
Flowers - Corolla deep blue-purple, tubular, to +1cm long, with an expanded limb. Stamens 4, long exerted beyond corolla tube and slightly spreading. Calyx tomentose.
Flowering - July - November.
Habitat - Cultivated.
Origin - Native to Asia.
Other info. - Although the
genus Caryopteris is comprised of about 15 species,
the plant shown above is Caryopteris x cladonensis.
This plant is a hybrid between C. incana and C.mongholica.
Photograph taken at the Kansas City Zoo, 7-9-99.