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'Blue Chip' Butterfly BushBuddleia hybrid

  • Blue Chip Butterfly Bush - Buddleia hybrid
Blue chip is one of many butterfly bushes on the market. But it has some ideal characteristics that help it stand out from the crowd, namely its noninvasive behavior and compact size. Spikes of showy purple-blue flowers bloom continuously from midsummer through fall, attracting butterflies and hummingbirds with the sweetly scented blossoms.

If this fast-growing shrub appeals to you, consider using it for accent, container, layered, border and foundation plantings.


Hardiness Zones

The 'blue chip' butterfly bush can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 5–9. View Map

Tree Type

This is a flowering shrub, typically planted for its profusion of flowers.

Mature Size

The blue chip butterfly bush grows to a height of 2–3', with an equal spread, at maturity.

Growth Speed Fast Growth Rate

This shrub grows at a fast rate, with height increases of more than 24" per year.

Sun Preference

Full sun is the ideal condition for this shrub, meaning it should get at least 6 hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

Soil Preference

The blue chip butterfly bush grows in a wide range of soils, but the site must be well-drained. It is somewhat drought-tolerant.

Attributes

This shrub:
  • Produces small, star-like, aromatic purple flowers with a bluish tint that are densely clustered in spikes. Bloom time extends from midsummer to fall.
  • Features dark green, lanceolate-shaped leaves.
  • Tolerates heat and frost.
  • Grows in a rounded shape.
  • Does not require deadheading.
  • Can be cut back to the base in late winter or early spring, which may increase flowering.

Wildlife Value

This butterfly bush attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer are not attracted to it.