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Pugster Blue® Butterfly Bush (Buddleia)

  • continuous blooms
  • attracts pollinators
  • drought tolerant
  • dwarf Variety
  • fragrant
  • resists deer
Full Sun
Height
24 In
Spread
24 - 36 In
  • Zones: 05 06 07 08 09
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Pugster Blue has fragrant, blue-purple blooms on a compact bush. It is drought-tolerant, attracts pollinators, and resists deer and rabbits.

  • 2-3 feet tall and wide at maturity
  • 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. 

Our shrub 3-pack includes an auger! An auger is the best tool for digging holes for small plants, digging in clay soil, loosening soil, weeding, bulb planting, and more. Hex end prevents slippage & tightly grips drill-head for easy tilling. 

  • 8.5 in long and 1.5 in wide (rod is ½ cm thick) 
  • 3/8" bit fits almost every handheld drill 

Auger Safety

  • Call Miss Dig #881 before using auger
  • Never use auger at high drill speed
  • Use clutch on drill to avoid drill spin or kickback
  • Serious injury may result in misuse of auger

Shipping Info:

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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

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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    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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