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Pugster Blue® Butterfly Bush Buddleia x

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
  • Fall
Mature Size
2' 3'
Height
2'
Spread
2' - 3'
  • Details

    Features

    Full sized flowers on a dwarf plant!

    Meet Pugster Blue® - it's a whole new look for butterfly bush. This compact plant 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 true-blue 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.

    Pugster Blue butterfly bush is featured in our "Pied Piper" magazine advertisement.

    Top three reasons to grow Pugster Blue® butterfly bush:
    1. Appealing true-blue flowers add hard-to-find color to any type of garden or landscape.
    2. It produces full-sized flowers on a compact, dwarf frame.
    3. Thick, sturdy stems ensure better winter hardiness in zone 5 than other dwarf butterfly bush.

    Best Seller
    Fragrant Flower
    Continuous Bloom or Rebloomer
    Long Blooming
    Deadheading Not Necessary
    Drought Tolerant
    Attracts: 
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Resists: 
    Deer
    Rabbits

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Shrub
    Shrub Type: 
    Deciduous
    Height Category: 
    Short
    Garden Height: 
    24 Inches
    Spacing: 
    36 - 48 Inches
    Spread: 
    24 - 36 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Blue
    Foliage Colors: 
    Green
    Foliage Shade: 
    Green
    Habit: 
    Mounded
    Container Role: 
    Thriller

    Plant Needs

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

    Pugster butterfly bushes make an excellent addition to flower gardens.

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

    Maintenance Notes: 

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

    PLEASE NOTE: Pugster Blue® - 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! here are four colorful varieties to choose from: Pugster Blue, Pugster Periwinkle, Pugster Pink, and Pugster White.

    Pugster Blue® Buddleia x 'SMNBDBT' USPP 28,794, Can PBRAF
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    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • I got my Pugster blue from Lowe's at the beginning of the year. I planted it in a great big huge pot very average soil made sure it drained good had lots of holes in the bottom. Set it in the front where I got all day son seemed slow to start but I hung in there make sure I did not overwater! And then this year's rain started and there were many days when it rained every day! We let it dry out did not water it at all water never stood in the pot. And now all I have is crispy dry leaves that crush on your hand sounding like fall leaves. For a $43 plant I would not do this again. Was not a proven winner for me.

      Rayanne S
      , South Carolina
      , United States
      , 3 min ago
    • Absolutely stunning. Purchased as a memorial to our beloved pug. The blooms are prolific beautiful. Chosen for its dwarf quality so it could go in a large planter. I accompanied this plant with lemon yellow calibrochoa and the affect is mesmerizing against the first plum, the deeper blue/purple blooms.

      Patricia
      , Ohio
      , United States
      , 6 weeks ago
    • I bought the pugster blue in the spring, but did not plant until in late June when the weather was quite hot. I was concerned it may fail to thrive. I was wrong. It took right off and looks very healthy. I look forward to next year when it will be bigger. This is my first butterfly bush.

      Yvonne Steinbach
      , Nebraska
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I purchased this shrub mid-July last year (19). It was GLORIOUS!! Beautiful large blooms and many secondary blooms, plenty of butterflies visiting & no bug problems. I was concerned about overwintering but, it began leafing out, nice and full....However, something was eating the leaves that I didn't see until it was in bad shape. I couldn't find any bugs, so I sprayed it with the same chemicals I use for bud worms. Now I realized I should have gotten something for spider mites. The chewed up leaves are my fault but the buds are forming now and actually starting to open, however, they are SOOO much smaller than last year! Am I underwatering, overwatering, not feeding them properly? I want my 2019 bush to come back!!

      Marcella Tompkins
      , New York
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • The pugster blue butterfly bush produced lots of leaves but very few flowers. The flowers that have bloomed are brown. It does not look anything like the pictures. I did put them in a pollinator garden and was hoping to attract butterflies. Even other pollinators ignore this shrub. Very poor performer.

      Kathleen Sherman
      , Ohio
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I love the pugster series! They are prolific bloomers! This is my second year having them in the ground. The blooms are much bigger the second year and they leaves are much larger. The plant has an amazing fragrance! You do have to deadhead a lot but I don’t mind because I love the butterfly bushes. However, they are extremely susceptible to spider mites. It even says so on the professional information, which I didn’t know and now I have planted 7 in close proximity. It’s also hard to spray all of the leaves because the plant is so compact, the laces are so large and there isn’t good air flow. I would definitely consider them to be very high maintenance, especially since I try to garden organically. Overall I am in love with them but I will most likely not plant anymore.

      Candace
      , Kentucky
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I have been gardening in excess of 50 years. I have considerable experience propagation and raising shrubs. I purchased a 3 gallon bush a week or so back. It was heavily branched and covered with bloom buds. I brought it home and set it in the garden. I watered the area. Shortly thereafter I noticed several broken limbs. Investigation revealed that the weight of the wet limbs had caused several of the lower limbs to split. This would not have happened in the nursery because the plants would have been close to one another providing mutual support. Hopefully, once the plant has become established, it will fill out again. No observation yet on the blooms.

      David Snyder
      , Alabama
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I bought two of the pugsters this year and have been very pleased by their size, flower color, and continued blooming power for such a long time. I plan to buy more...!

      Linda Malecki
      , Illinois
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • Glorious. A stand out plant in our pollinator garden. The old blooms turn dark blue, almost black. Very dramatic appearance. Full, dark green leaves.

      Stacey Richard
      , Connecticut
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • I planted this for the first time in eary June and it has bloomed without stop all summer. I deadhead flowers every other day to keep the vibrant blue color. The butterflies love it too. I definitely recommend this plant.

      DK
      , Ohio
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
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