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Pugster Periwinkle® Butterfly Bush

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A compact garden plant with large, full size soft purple flowers with 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

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

Ornamental Features

Pugster Periwinkle® Butterfly Bush features showy panicles of fragrant lilac purple flowers with purple 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 Periwinkle® 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 Periwinkle® 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 Periwinkle® 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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