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Pugster Blue® Butterfly Bush (Buddleia)

  • continuous blooms
  • attracts pollinators
  • drought tolerant
  • dwarf Variety
  • fragrant
  • resists deer
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Full Sun
Height24 In
Spread24 - 36 In
Zones0506070809
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Pugster Blue has full size, fragrant, blue-purple blooms on a compact bush. It blooms non-stop from early summer through frost with true-blue flowers, each with a tiny yellow-orange eye in the center. Thanks to thick, sturdy stems, the Pugster® series offers vastly improved hardiness and winter survival over other types of dwarf butterfly bush. It is drought-tolerant, attracts pollinators, and resists deer and rabbits. 

  • 2-3 feet tall and wide at maturity
  • Grow in zones 5-9
  • Full sun (at least 8 hours a day)

Pruning: Prune in spring, after the new growth emerges. The warmer your climate, the more you should cut back your butterfly bush each spring. Left unpruned, large butterfly bushes can become “second story” plants: their flowers form way up at the top so you can’t enjoy them unless you have a second-story window. 

Soil: Butterfly bushes need perfect drainage. Their roots are sensitive to rotting, and if they spend any amount of time in wet soil, they can be set back or even die. They can grow in clay soil, but need to be planted a few inches above soil level. This creates a small “hill” that encourages water to drain away from the plant rather than settle around it.

Planting: Never amend the soil when planting a butterfly bush. Amending the soil, particularly clay soil, can cause drainage problems. Avoid mulching directly around your butterfly bush. Mulch is a great idea for other plants, but in clay soil, it can hold too much moisture. Go ahead and mulch your beds, but give your butterfly bush a bit of clearance, and never mulch all the way up to the main stems.

Dormancy: Butterfly bushes tend to be one of the later plants to leaf out in spring. Even if everything else in your landscape is turning green, that doesn’t mean you’ve lost your butterfly bush. If you're worried, try the scratch test. Lightly scratch at a few beaches with your fingernail. If there is green underneath, the plant is still alive. 

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    • 1-gallon shrubs are 6-24 inches tall at shipment
    • Quart shrubs are 5-8 inches tall at shipment
      • Varies on the season and plant

    Please Note: Pugster Blue® - Butterfly Bush - Buddleia x is restricted and cannot be shipped to the state(s) of OR or WA.

    Features

    • Attracts Pollinators
    • Drought Tolerant
    • Dwarf Variety
    • Fragrant
    • Resists Deer

    Characteristics

    • Hardiness Zones: 05 06 07 08 09
    • Height: 24 In
    • Spread: 24 - 36 In
    • Habit: Mounded
    • Bloom Color: Blue
    • Foliage Color: Green
    • Bloom Time: Summer-Fall
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      SP
      03/20/2021
      Stephen P.
      United States United States
      PWD shipment

      This was our first time ordering plants from Proven Winners Direct. The plants arrived in great shape mainly due to the care taken in packing them. A first rate job. Not one of the 15 plants suffered any damage. In fact, it takes some time to unpack that many plants which I don’t mean as criticism. We’ll order again.

      KK
      10/08/2020
      Kathleen K.
      United States United States
      Proven Winners!!!!

      Very good experience!

      RV
      09/30/2020
      roxanne v.
      United States United States
      Very Heat Resistant Shrub

      Great small shrub. Continues to bloom despite 100 degrees weather in SoCal.

      JB
      08/21/2020
      JACQUELINE B.
      United States United States
      Hope It Makes It

      The Customer Service at Proven Winners is wonderful! I'm having a shipping company problem in that the live plants are 'in route' too long and the plant is arriving nearly dead or outright expired. I will reorder all of my plants later in the year as Summer is just too hot for travel on these young plants.

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