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Pugster Blue® Butterfly Bush

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A compact garden plant with large, full size violet-blue flowers with yellow-orange eyes on sturdy stems; attracts butterflies; may treat as a perennial and cut it back to the ground each spring as it regrows vigorously and blooms on new wood

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
24 inches
Average Landscape Width:
3 feet
Growth Rate:
fast
Genus:
Buddleia
Cultivar:
SMNBDBT
Flower Color:
violet
Flower Period:
from mid summer to mid fall
Summer Foliage Color:
gray green
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
round
Canopy:
leggy
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Pollution Tolerance:
high
Other Species Names:
Summer Lilac
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Density:
open
Flower Bicolor:
blue
Flower Eye Color:
orange
Flower Fragrance:
high

Ornamental Features

Pugster Blue® Butterfly Bush features showy panicles of fragrant violet flowers with blue overtones and orange eyes at the ends of the branches from mid summer to mid fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has grayish green deciduous foliage. The narrow leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color.

Landscape Attributes

Pugster Blue® Butterfly Bush is an open multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Pugster Blue® Butterfly Bush will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Pugster Blue® Butterfly Bush makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. It can be used either as 'filler' or as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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