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Pugster® Amethyst Butterfly Bush Buddleia x

  • Sun
Flower Season
  • Summer
  • Fall
Mature Size
2' 2'
Height: 2'
Spread: 2'
  • Details


    Full sized flowers on a dwarf plant!

    Meet Pugster® Amethyst butterfly bush - the newest member of this unique series that offers full sized flowers on a dwarf plant. This compact butterfly bush reaches just 2'/.6 m tall and wide but has the large, full flowers normally seen on a much larger plant. It blooms non-stop from early summer through frost with amethyst-toned flowers, each with a tiny yellow-orange eye in the center. Thanks to thick, sturdy stems, the Pugster® series offers vastly improved hardiness and winter survival over other types of dwarf butterfly bush.

    Top reasons to grow Pugster Amethyst butterfly bush:

    - Appealing light purple colored flowers, a light and cheery element in the landscape.

    - It produces full-sized flowers on a compact, dwarf frame.

    - Thick, sturdy stems ensure better winter hardiness in zone 5 than other dwarf butterfly bush.

    Fragrant Flower
    Continuous Bloom or Rebloomer


    Plant Type: 
    Shrub Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    24 Inches
    24 Inches
    24 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Shade: 
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
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    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 

    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).

    Maintenance Category: 
    Blooms On: 
    New Wood
    Bloom Time: 
    Summer through Fall
    Hardiness Zones: 
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
    Water Category: 
    Needs Good Drainage
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Average Soil
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Poor Soil
    Border Plant
    Edging Plant
    Mass Planting
    Specimen or Focal Point
    Uses Notes: 

    Thanks to its long-blooming habit, Pugster butterfly bushes add low-maintenance color to any sunny spot in your yard.

    *In zones 5 and colder it is not recommended for fall planting OR pruning.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Find everything you need to know to be successful with butterfly bush in our Ultimate Guide to Butterfly Bush.

    PLEASE NOTE: Pugster® Amethyst - Butterfly Bush - Buddleia x is restricted and cannot be shipped to the state(s) of OR or WA.

    Fun Facts: 

    The name "Pugster" comes from these plants' resemblance to a pug - short, stocky, and cute! There are five colorful varieties to choose from: Pugster Amethyst, Pugster Blue, Pugster Periwinkle, Pugster Pink, and Pugster White.

    Pugster® Amethyst Buddleia x 'SMNBDL' USPP 30,236, Can 6,514
  • 12 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • We have 2 of these. I love butterfly bushes & thought this would be like the others. Instead, they came with holey leaves & barely blooming. Couldn't find the culprit, so we put some homemade insecticide on them & planted them anyway. They weren't cheap, so we wanted to give them a chance. They barely come back. The past 2 summers, they look like sticks with a little green & if we're lucky, maybe a purple flower. The leaves look holey this year & it's still May! Everything around it is fine. Very frustrating bc most of our plantings are Proven Winners. These are definitely NOT Winners. They're in the ground, but I'll pull them out if they don't do anything else. I hate to do that bc it looks so pretty in the picture, but if it can't grow correctly, then I'll use the spot for something else.

      Viki Shaw
      , Illinois
      , United States
      , 31 sec ago
    • I've grown 2 of these bushes in containers the past 2 summers. It was absolutley gorgeous, bloomed all summer & attracted many pollinators. Unfortunately they did not survive our Ohio winters in the pots. I figured I must've done something wrong the 1st winter & didn't protect it properly so I begrudgingly trashed it & replaced with a new one. I was sure to move this second plant to a more protected area & cover accordingly during harsh winter weather. It still didn't make it. Makes me sad to loose TWO such beautiful plants, but they just won't make it through a winter in a pot, in Southern Ohio. Take warning!

      Shelly Madden
      , Ohio
      , United States
      , 48 weeks ago
    • I was hesitant to get a budleia because it can be invasive, but was delighted to hear these Pugster ones are sterile...therefore, they don't go to seed! I love the colors and was excited to see bees and butterflies attracted to this bush. I may buy more in the future.

      , Texas
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • Just love this plant ! It is covered in blooms since we planted it in June, once a bloom dies it is replaced with two blooms ! We have never has this many butterflies in our yard and the plant always has a group of butterflies on it. Nice compact plant, very sturdy. Pretty much just watered it and fed it twice, it is going gangbusters ! Can't wait to purchase more next spring !

      Susan Popp
      , Illinois
      , United States
      , 3 years ago
    • Although this plant may be charming to a lot of people, you need to check your local environmental regulations. Yes, it is pretty and the pollinators like it, BUT, In Washington state it has been known to be a noxious weed. It has thousands of seeds that can easily spread. forewarned about such plants and do research on them before you plant them. I have other plants in my yard I had no idea about that have gone very invasive.

      , Washington
      , United States
      , 3 years ago
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