Lo & Behold™ Blue Chip Butterfly Bush
The first-ever mini Buddleia!
Plant Patent #19,991. The first in the exciting new Lo & Behold™ series of miniature Buddleias introduced by the Raulston Arboretum, this mounding, well-branched plant reaches less than 2 feet high and wide, yet flowers continuously (rather than in waves) and never needs deadheading. It offers an entirely new form for the beloved Butterfly Bush, and is compact enough for groundcover or container use.
'Blue Chip' reaches less than 24 inches high and wide, yet flowers profusely beginning in early summer (somewhat earlier than many) and continuing without cease into autumn. Unlike most older varieties, 'Blue Chip' concentrates all its energy into flowering, and offers no volunteer sprouts or messy debris to collect at season's end. It doesn't even need deadheading!
Like all Butterfly Bushes, 'Blue Chip' thrives in full sunshine - the more the merrier! - and any well-drained soil. Water and feed it well the first year to get its root system established in your garden. Once it feels at home, it's quite forgiving of heat, humidity, poor soil, and even drought! And it needs no special care beyond a strong pruning in early spring -- cut it down to ⅓rd its original size in late February/Early March, and watch it return even more dense and floriferous than before! Deer leave it alone, but hummingbirds as well as butterflies are attracted to its sweet, lightly fragrant blossoms. Now you can enjoy the ease and beauty of Buddleia in entirely new garden settings, thanks to 'Blue Chip'! Zones 5-9.
|Variety||Lo and Behold™ 'Blue Chip'|
|Zone||5 - 9|
|Bloom Season||Early Summer - Mid Fall|
|Plant Height||24 in|
|Additional Characteristics||Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Ever Blooming, Fast Growing, Fragrance, Free Bloomer, Long Bloomers|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun|
|Moisture Requirements||Moist, well-drained|
|Resistance||Cold Hardy, Deer Resistance, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant|
|Soil Tolerance||Normal, loamy|
|Uses||Border, Containers, Cut Flowers, Ground Cover|
|Restrictions||Washington, Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands|
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