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'Miss Molly' 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
5' 5'
4' - 5'
4' - 5'
  • Details


    Enjoy the reddest color of any butterfly bush.

    With its intensely colored blooms and refined habit, 'Miss Molly' is the queen of the summer garden. Its fragrant flowers are the closest to red of any butterfly bush and appear for months every summer without deadheading. Unlike older varieties of butterfly bush, 'Miss Molly' reaches just 4-5'/1.2-1.5m tall, so it's easy to work into any sunny landscape. This non-invasive variety thrives in hot climates. Butterflies and hummingbirds will find it as irresistible as you do!

    Top reasons to grow 'Miss Molly' butterfly bush:

    - Rich and unique flower color is very eye-catching

    - Refined habit is more suitable to landscaping than other types of butterfly bush

    - Non-invasive

    Best Seller
    Fragrant Flower
    Heat Tolerant
    Drought Tolerant


    Plant Type: 
    Shrub Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    48 - 60 Inches
    60 - 72 Inches
    48 - 60 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Shade: 
    Ruby red-pink
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

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

    Mixed borders; perennial gardens; wildlife gardens.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Get all the details you need to grow butterfly bush like an expert in our ultimate guide to butterfly bush.

    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."

    'Miss Molly' Buddleia x USPP 23,425, Can 4,446
  • 16 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • Buddleia is invasive in the Pacific Northwest. I am zone 9b in the dry California Central Valley. My Miss Molly is on drip so very happy here. It's a war zone in my garden. Miss Molly is duking it out with large salvia and hardy hibiscus, tall plants. If there isn't enough sun, it is wispy. It pokes out here and there with a beautiful magenta bloom. I don't mind the dead blooms because they are dark and not visible from any distance. I had 3 pugsters and murdered them all because of those ugly brown dead blooms. It's fall, high crime in the garden, another plant murder planned to give one of my 3 Miss Mollys more light.

      Peggie Who
      , California
      , United States
      , 5 weeks ago
    • I love my buddleia plant "Miss Molly". It was given to me last year by my daughter Janice who knew I wanted one. She passed away this past June, so it has doubled in meaning for me. Seems like it also doubled the flowers since then. I call it my Janice Bush. The blooms are truly gorgeous, a dark crimson. It is starting to wind down now for the winter, but I will prune it in the early Spring, and I know it will come back again in all its glory. I am looking forward to it.

      Susan Odom
      , North Carolina
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I ordered 3 plants and received 3 different sizes which I nicknamed Daddy, Mommy and Baby. Miss Molly is noted to be deer resistant but my local deer quickly took care of the size difference for me. I hope the plants can rebound. They are tolerating high heat and that is a plus. I love the blooms and hope that the deer will allow me to see more as the summer progresses. The odor of deer repellant is something I can't stand and the fact that these were supposed to be deer resistant was a factor in my purchase. I just want to let people know that Miss Molly may be deer resistant but certainly isn't deer proof.

      Jean K
      , Ohio
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I bought this plant before it bloomed, and it was marketed as “the most red butterfly bush” in the market, which may be true but its misleading. The color is not really much different than other magenta varieties. It does have a nice habit.

      , Oregon
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • Beautiful! Definitely a butterfly favorite. Make sure it gets plenty of sun, sit back and enjoy the beautiful blossoms and all of the pollinators they attract. To look its best it does benefit from deadheading spent blossoms. Mine has survived four zone 5 Colorado winter so far.

      , Colorado
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • This is my first year growing any variety of Buddleia, I purchased the quart size of 'Miss Molly'. It arrived without any blooms or buds. I was worried about providing enough sun, my small property has many mature oak trees. I did manage to find a spot where I felt reasonably confident it'd get 6+ hours of direct sunlight. Our native soil in Oklahoma is mostly clay, so drainage was also a concern. I dug a hole large enough to easily fit a gallon-sized plant, then I surrounded the root ball with soil intended for cacti. Additionally, I updated my irrigation in that zone to drip, but I didn't set up an emitter near it. So far 'Miss Molly' is thriving! I've very happy, lots of growth and blooms.

      , Oklahoma
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • Great plant the best butterfly bush

      Tim arnzen
      , Kentucky
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • This is my third year with “Miss Molly”. I had two but this past winter and spring was just brutal and I lost one. The survivor is just beautiful. Loads of blooms. This summer has been very hot and dry. I thought about moving it to get more sun but I decided against it. I believe that’s why the other Miss Molly died. I moved it in June because it just wasn’t growing and it did not appreciate it. I

      Karen Patterson
      , New York
      , United States
      , 3 years ago
    • Very disappointed. Beautiful plant the first year but did not survive the winter.

      Jennifer Bullard
      , Wisconsin
      , United States
      , 3 years ago
    • Very disappointed with this plant. Looked beautiful the first year but did not survive the winter.

      Jennifer Bullard
      , Wisconsin
      , United States
      , 3 years ago
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