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Dwarf butterfly bush – Buddleia davidii ‘Blue Chip’

Buddleia davidii blue chip is also known as Butterfly bush, Dwarf butterfly bush and belongs to the davidii species. It is a perennial that blooms from early summer to fall. It has arching cones of flowers. The flowers are honey-scented and appear like liliac flowers. The foliage is deciduous and green in color and the flowers are dense on spikes. This perennial can grow up to a height of 24 to 36 inches and spread up to 30 inches wide. This is also known as fruiting shrub. This perennial transplants easily. Remove the flowers after they fade. The leaves of this plant emerge late in spring and hold late into fall, no fall color.
These act like like magnets for butterflies, birds, hummingbirds and other beneficial insects due to its fragrance and nectar. This perennial is used for smaller gardens and for the mixed border and for butterfly gardens. This plant is also used for landscaping and as a cut flower. This perennial needs full sun to partial shade, well – drained soil. It grows well in hardiness zones of 5-9. This perennial requires Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline soils.

Growing conditions of Dwarf butterfly bush

• This perennial needs full sun to partial shade
• These perennial needs well – drained soil.
• Add mulch to ensure draining of water.
• It grows well in hardiness zones of 5-9.
• This perennial requires Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline soils.
• The soil should be moist but not overwatered.
• The plant can be easily propagated by cuttings.
• November to February is the right time for stem cutting.
• Add compost heap before planting.
• The plant tolerates average frost.
• The Soil should have a pH between 7 and 9.
• This plant can be pruned to about 25 cm or 12 inches during winter months.

Care for Dwarf butterfly bush

• This plant is mostly pest tolerant.
• The caterpillars may eat foliages.
• Cut back the entire bush in early spring to about 1/3 of its original height for better flowering.
• Pinching can also be done for better branching.

Images of the plant.

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