Juicy dark pink flowers start to fill up the tiny little frame of Lo & Behold Ruby Chip butterfly bush in midsummer and keep going until frost. Size-wise it’s a bit larger than the other members of the series, which is nice for planting along a bed edge! It not only fills the space well, it can hide accidental cuts from string trimmers easily thanks to a fast growth rate and ability to bloom on new growth. It’s a great companion in pollinator gardens, as it provides plenty of nectar and stays where it’s planted due to its non-invasive status.
Why grow Lo & Behold Ruby Chip butterfly bush?
Light: Enjoys a full sun location best. This is any spot that receives six hours or more of direct exposure to sunlight. Less exposure will result in a less vigorous plant.
Soil: Needs well-draining soil, as it really resents being overly wet or soggy at any time. If planting in clay soil or soil that drains a little slowly, plant it a bit higher in the hole. This means the soil level around the rootball will be a bit lower, half an inch or so will usually suffice.
Water: Very, very drought tolerant once established.
Fertilizing: Apply a granular fertilizer formulated for flowering shrubs in late winter/early spring when the soil is workable.
Pruning: Pruning is recommended in early spring. Remove weak branches in the middle and about 1/2 to 2/3 of the height and width. Make cuts just about 1/4 of an inch above a bud. Dead or damaged wood can be removed at any time, just cut back to a set of leaves!
Other: This plant emerges a bit later than many other garden plants. If you’re afraid it has died over the winter, have patience and watch for emerging pale green leaf buds at the base of the plant once the temperatures are steadily warm.
Buddleia 'SMNBDD' PP#32, 399, CBRAF
5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Average, Dry, Well-drained
|Season of Interest
Borders, Containers, Cottage gardens, Edging, Low Hedges, Mass Planting
Attracts pollinators, Compact, Deer resistant, Drought tolerant, Fragrant, Heat tolerant, Long blooming