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Pugster Blue Butterfly Bush - Buddleia
Always wanted a butterfly bush but haven't had the room to grow one? Meet Pugster Blue; one of the lowest and smallest growing butterfly bushes ever. Topping out at merely 2 feet tall and maybe a little wider, this compact cutie produces loads of large, full-sized spikes of honey-scented purplish-blue flowers that keep coming and coming all summer through fall that the butterflies and hummingbirds will flock to. Get all the details and planting and care instructions below.

Pugster Blue Butterfly Bush - Buddleia

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NOTE: NEW PLANT FOR 2018!

Pugster Blue Butterfly Bush 
Buddleia x 'Pugster Blue' 

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-9b  Find Your Zone >

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 5a, where this Butterfly Bushes is not winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.



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Always wanted a butterfly bush but haven't had the room to grow one? Meet 'Pugster Blue'; one of the lowest and smallest growing butterfly bushes ever. Topping out at merely 2 feet tall and maybe a little wider, this compact cutie produces loads of large, full-sized spikes of honey-scented purplish-blue flowers that keep coming and coming all summer through fall that the butterflies and hummingbirds will flock to. Thanks to thick, sturdy stems, all the varieties in the Pugster® series offers vastly improved hardiness and winter survival over other types of dwarf butterfly bush. Super heat tolerant too!



Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing in a spreading mound 18 to 24 inches tall and wide, 'Pugster Blue' is one of the best butterfly bush ever for use as a groundcover or container specimen. We suggest planting in a pot at least 14 inches in diameter. It serves well as an accent in larger, mixed container gardens. In larger landscape spaces it is an ideal selection for use as a low border along paths and walkways, in groupings or massed as a groundcover in landscape borders and on sunny slopes and embankments, or as an underplanting for trees that allow sunlight to shine beneath their canopies. A welcome addition to butterfly and hummingbird gardens, Xeriscape gardens (low water needs), and blue-themed color gardens.

Suggested Spacing:  2" for mass plantings or solid borders;  4' + for space between plants.



Cultural Preferences

Pugster Blue Butterfly Bush is exceptionally easy to grow. It thrives in full to mostly sun and isn't too picky about soil type, provided the soil is well-drained. It prefers a moist but well-drained soil when young however is quite drought tolerant when established. At least 6 hours of direct sun per day is suggested for best flowering. As with so many other perennial plants, constantly soggy or wet soils can be problematic. No deadheading is required though you can remove spent flowers if you want. 



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Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-9b  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Perennial Shrub
Height at Maturity: 2' 
Width at Maturity: 2'
Spacing:  2' for solid hedges, 4' for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Dense, Mounding
Growth Rate:  Fast 
Flower Color:  Purplish-Blue with Yellowish-Orange centers
Flower Size: 6-8" long spikes
Flowering Period:  June to Frost!
Flower Type:  Spike
Fragrant Flowers:  Yes
Foliage Color:  Green with slightly Silvery-Gray overtone
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  No
Berry Color:  No
Sun Needs:  Full to Mostly Sun
Water Needs:  Average, low when established
Soil Type:  Clay (Amended), Loam, Sand, Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well-drained moist to dry
Soil pH:  5.5 - 8.5 (Acid to Moderately Alkaline)
Maintenance / Care:  Low to Average
Attracts:  Visual Attention, Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Dry Soil, Heat, Insect, Rabbit



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