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Lo & Behold® 'Blue Chip' Butterfly Bush Buddleia x

(51 REVIEWS)
Exposure
  • Sun

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Summer
Mature Size
30" 30"
Height
24 - 30"
Spread
24 - 30"

This plant is hardy in zones 5 - 9

Hardy Zones

Zones are based on the lowest average temperature an area is expected to receive during the winter. They are used to determine whether a plant is likely to be perennial in your area. If your zone is equal to or higher than the zone listed for the plant, it will be hardy for you and thrive in your climate.

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  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
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    Features

    This miniature butterfly bush has all the appeal in a smaller package! Flowers from mid summer to frost. Pruning generally not needed, but may be trimmed in spring. Fragrant flowers. Deer resistant. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.

    Award Winner
    Fragrant Flower
    Continuous Bloom or Rebloomer
    Long Blooming
    Heat Tolerant
    Deadheading Not Necessary
    Drought Tolerant
    Attracts: 
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Resists: 
    Deer
    Small or Miniature

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Shrub
    Shrub Type: 
    Deciduous
    Height Category: 
    Medium
    Garden Height: 
    24 - 30 Inches
    Spacing: 
    24 - 48 Inches
    Spread: 
    24 - 30 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Blue
    Flower Colors: 
    Purple
    Flower Shade: 
    Blue-Purple
    Foliage Colors: 
    Green
    Foliage Shade: 
    Dark Green
    Habit: 
    Mounded
    Container Role: 
    Filler

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Sun
    Maintenance Category: 
    Easy
    Blooms On: 
    New Wood
    Bloom Time: 
    Early Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Mid Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Late Summer
    Hardiness Zones: 
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
    Water Category: 
    Average
    Needs Good Drainage
    Uses: 
    Container
    Uses: 
    Groundcover
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    Uses Notes: 

    It's great for perennial gardens and container gardens. 'Blue Chip' also makes a fantastic mass planting.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Get all the details you need to grow butterfly bush like an expert in our Ultimate Guide to Butterfly Bush.

    This little butterfly bush really is a charmer! 

    It has all the fragrance and butterfly appeal of traditional varieties in a small, easy to maintain package. 'Blue Chip' stays under three feet tall without any pruning, and blooms continuously from mid summer to frost without deadheading. It is frost tolerant, non-invasive and very easy to grow. 

    Cold, wet winters can be really hard on buddleia, so here are a few tips to help your buddleia thrive in your garden:

    1. Make sure the soil is well-drained. That place where the plow truck dumps snow in the winter? Not a good idea.

    2. Full sun. That's at least 6 hours. No cheating.

    3. Plant early in the season. This gives the plants all summer and fall to establish. Fall planting can be chancy in northern regions.

    4. Wait until it leafs out in spring before pruning. In some years you may have to prune it back to the ground. After milder winters, maybe not so much. Avoid fall pruning.

    Fun Facts: 

    This non-invasive variety is approved for sale in Oregon and Washington, though it will be called a "summer lilac" instead of a "butterfly bush."

    Lo & Behold® 'Blue Chip' Buddleia x USPP 19,991, Can 3,602
  • 51 Reviews

    • I planted about 200 perennials last summer, including 2 of these cute little lo and beholds. Almost all of my other perennials came back strong this year, but neither of the lo and beholds made it. My "real" butterfly bushes are still going strong.

      KazooGardener
      Michigan
      United States
      3 weeks ago
      Unsatisfied Did not survive, inferior performance or did not bloom well - won't grow again.
    • Have tried twice to grow these, however, they do not survive winter in metro-Detroit area.

      Rich
      Michigan
      United States
      8 weeks ago
      Unsatisfied Did not survive, inferior performance or did not bloom well - won't grow again.
    • Planted this last spring and loved it and it performed so well. We had a mild winter( zone 7) and for whatever reason it did not survive. Very disappointed. Will not purchase again

      Kristine
      New Jersey
      United States
      1 year ago
      Unsatisfied Did not survive, inferior performance or did not bloom well - won't grow again.
    • Very disappointed in the growth of this plant. Had it for three years and not only is it slow growing but it hasn't flowered in two years. Not happy with the waste of time and energy I have put into the two I put in my landscape.

      Kathy Smith
      Oregon
      United States
      2 years ago
      Unsatisfied Did not survive, inferior performance or did not bloom well - won't grow again.
    • Zone 5a here. Has come up for the past 3 years I had it. It is very slow to get started in the spring like most butterfly bushes. That said I planted Miss Molly last fall and it was pretty robust and shown its face pretty quickly this spring for a butterfly bush. I have higher hopes for that one. Anyway.... Blue Chip did not come back up this year. Almost June now, it would of been up by now. Darn. I hear the Purple Haze is a bit hardier. Gonna try that one next.

      Tiffany Marshall
      Wisconsin
      United States
      2 years ago
      Satisfactory Average performance, met expectations but not outstanding.
    • I live in zone 7 and planted this last year. Unfortunately it did not survive the winter which was mild. I won't be buying another as it wasn't cheap. I won't take the chance,

      Diane
      New York
      United States
      3 years ago
      Unsatisfied Did not survive, inferior performance or did not bloom well - won't grow again.
    • I live in zone 7A and I planted this last year and I adored it. But unfortunately it did not survive the winter which was a mild one. It wasn't cheap, so I won't try planting another one,

      Diane
      New York
      United States
      3 years ago
      Unsatisfied Did not survive, inferior performance or did not bloom well - won't grow again.
    • I planted this summer 2015, after my hubby trampled it and it was buried in snow this past winter, I didn't expect it to survive. This spring I see some green shoots off the base so it looks like it survived making it one tough plant. I can't wait to see how it grows this summer and what it does next year

      Jennifer Winship
      British Columbia
      Canada
      3 years ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • Don't appear to be hardy in zone 5b, Die back during winter, no regrowth from rootstock. too bad! its a beautiful little shrub

      jeff johnson
      Iowa
      United States
      4 years ago
      Unsatisfied Did not survive, inferior performance or did not bloom well - won't grow again.
    • Grows quickly and flowers heavily but: branches are awkward. poking out in all directions, sideways and stiff, not graceful. Marketed as not needing deadheading--maybe because it is sterile and won't lead to unwanted seedlings, but the flowers do turn brown and hang on, so I still would deadhead it for appearance sake. I am taking my three out.

      Marina McShane
      Oregon
      United States
      4 years ago
      Unsatisfied Did not survive, inferior performance or did not bloom well - won't grow again.
  • 8 Awards

    Award Year Award Plant Trial
    2011 Top Performer Longwood Gardens
    2011 Top Performer Longwood Gardens
    2010 Bronze Medal Champaign County Illinois Master Gardener Idea Garden
    2010 Showstopper Plant North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2010 Bronze Medal Champaign County Illinois Master Gardener Idea Garden
    2010 Showstopper Plant North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2010 Bronze Medal Champaign County Illinois Master Gardener Idea Garden
    2010 Showstopper Plant North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
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