This shrub is gorgeous! It's growing in Colorado, in part sun-part shade conditions. This is the only plant I've seen Monarchs on in my garden, though I have several other varieties of butterfly bushes and plants monarchs are said to like (asclepious tuberosa, etc.)
'Miss Ruby' Butterfly bush Buddleia x
- Hardy Zones
- 5 - 9
- Mature Size
- 48 - 60 Inches
Brilliant rich pink summer blooms unlike any other variety. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Fragrant. Deer resistant. Like all of the "Miss" series, 'Miss Ruby' butterfly bush is non-invasive.
Excellent for use in perennial beds, wildlife gardens and mixed borders.
This new butterfly bush is noted for its compact habit and remarkably vivid, rich pink blooms. The distinctive magenta flowers are more vibrant than that of any other buddleia variety.
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.
Developed by Dr. Dennis Werner of the JC Raulston Arboretum.
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."
- katannya walkkerBrightonColoradoUnited States19 weeks ago
Purchased two locally last spring (Market Basket) and they refused to stand behind the one that did not survive the winter here. They cited their policy of not refunding butterfly bushes in general and showed me a printed list in a binder that they will not guarantee. In my opinion that list should be displayed prominently so people could make informed purchases. While the other plant survived I cannot say it's thriving. I'm very disappointed in Proven Winners as I thought I could rely on that brand. I'll certainly be guided by this in making future purchase decisions.Mike BozovichGodfreyIllinoisUnited States21 weeks ago
So gorgeous one of my friends just had to find one after seeing mine. It does great with our cold snowy winters and last year was over 5' tall and covered in fabulous magenta blooms.MonaBendOregonUnited States2 years ago
This plant is absolutely beautiful. I have a butterfly - pollinators garden, two other varieties of butterfly bushes, and quite a number of butterfly host plants (milk weed, rue, parsley, butterfly weed, etc.). The garden attracts many bees and smaller butterflies, but it wasn't until I planted Miss Ruby that Monarchs and Swallowtails came.KatannyaBrightonColoradoUnited States2 years ago
Butterfly bushes are awesome!! so so pretty for the eye to gaze upon and they attract so many butterflies and many hummingbirds as well!! I totally recommend them!lisa woodsLeithOntarioCanada4 years ago
Beautiful color. Vibrant and Unique.Sarah ElsaesserNorth CarolinaUnited States6 years ago
In zone 4b (Canada) survive well first winter.Mona LarochelleQuebecCanada6 years ago
- Russell StudebakerMassachusettsUnited States6 years ago
Red Butterfly Bush? You bet! An awsome plant.WaynePennsylvaniaUnited States6 years ago
Even in high shade, this Buddleia blooms prolifically and seems to be resistant to many of the insects troubling my other varieties. After two years in my garden, it's still only around 4' tall.Jean StarrIndianaUnited States6 years ago