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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. 

Read our guide to planting in the summer

    Shipping Info:

    • 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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      06/10/2021
      Pamela R.
      United States United States
      Pugster Blue® Butterfly Bush (Buddleia)

      The plants were shipped in a timely manner and arrived well packaged and in great health. Have planted and they are doing well. Can hardly wait for growth and blooms.

      MH
      06/03/2021
      Mary H.
      United States United States
      well established bushy plants and fast shipping

      Very happy with the size of the plats for a quart pot. Plants were well branched and well rooted. My usual experience with quite pots has been small plants that have recently been moved from a 3” pot into a quart and are barely established in the larger size. These were strong, full, and had good root systems. I would definitely purchase from PWD again.

      MN
      05/20/2021
      Michael N.
      United States United States
      Gorgeous

      My plant arrived in perfect condition and is already flourishing!

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