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Pugster® Amethyst Butterfly Bush (Buddleia)

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Pugster® Amethyst Butterfly Bush (Buddleia)
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Pugster® Amethyst Butterfly Bush (Buddleia)
16 reviews

Pugster® Amethyst Butterfly Bush (Buddleia)

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Height24 In
Spread24 In
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Pugster Amethyst Butterfly Bush has full-sized blooms on a compact bush. It blooms non-stop from early summer through frost with amethyst-toned 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 fragrant, drought-tolerant, attracts pollinators, and resists deer and rabbits. Fertilize with Proven Winners Continuous Release Plant Food in spring and mid-summer. 

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 branches 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® Amethyst - Butterfly Bush - Buddleia x is restricted and cannot be shipped to the state(s) of OR or WA.


  • Attracts Pollinators
  • Dwarf Variety
  • Fragrant
  • Resists Deer


  • Height: 24 In
  • Spread: 24 In
  • Habit: Mounded
  • Bloom Color: Purple
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Bloom Time: Summer-Fall

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Pugster Amethyst

Overall outstanding experience!


Proven Winners Direct

Dewayne, thank you for sharing! We love to hear it. :)

Ralph R.
United States United States

Pugster Butterfly Bush

Purchased 3 of the Pugster amethyst butterfly bushes. I live in zone 8 NC coastal region. They arrived in good condition. I watered them and put them in the location they were going for a few days before planting. They were not rooted very well, the rootball came apart on all 3 but we managed to get them in the ground. They perked right up and appear to be doing well. Hopefully they will take off when the weather does. I look to it as we have had trouble with butterfly bushes in the past.


Proven Winners Direct

Ralph, Thank you for your feedback. When the weather conditions begin to transition and get warmer, your dormant plants will wake up and return to business as usual! Reach out to us, if you do not see improvements next season! Kindest Regards, PWD

Laura H.
United States United States

My new favorite plant

The Pugster Butterfly Bushes all arrived in great condition and are doing well in my Zone 6 garden in the Midwest. The quart size plant started blooming right away and that's really saying something with the drought and record heat this summer.

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