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

  • 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
3' 3'
2' - 3'
2' - 3'
  • Details


    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
    Small or Miniature


    Plant Type: 
    Shrub Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    24 - 30 Inches
    24 - 48 Inches
    24 - 30 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Shade: 
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Dark Green
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Maintenance Category: 
    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: 
    Needs Good Drainage
    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
  • 67 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • One of my favorite plants. Beautiful and care free except for cutting back each year after leaves begin to emerge at the base of the plant. This may not happen until some time in June--long after other plants are growing and blooming. However, the wait is well worth it, as the plant then blooms profusely until frost--without requiring any deadheading.

      Dale Cheek
      , Kentucky
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • The plant is growing beautifully, but is getting so big it’s starting to fall apart from it’s round shape. Should I cut it back, it also has a lot of dead heads right now?

      Alice Schuster
      , South Carolina
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • 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.

      , Michigan
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • Have tried twice to grow these, however, they do not survive winter in metro-Detroit area.

      , Michigan
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • 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

      , New Jersey
      , United States
      , 3 years ago
    • 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
      , 4 years ago
    • 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
      , 4 years ago
    • 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,

      , New York
      , United States
      , 5 years ago
    • 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,

      , New York
      , United States
      , 5 years ago
    • 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
      , 5 years ago
  • 6 Awards

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