‘Miss Molly’ Butterfly Bush

Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Exposure: Full Sun Height: 4-5' Width/Spread: 4-5'

Bring in the drama with ‘Miss Molly’ butterfly bush! Its large, but not too large, habit is filled with dark, sangria-red flowers all throughout the summer. If you’re a fan of butterfly bushes, this is the closest to red you’ve probably ever seen! And if you happen to live in the south, the red color may be even more pronounced. This butterfly bush is non-invasive, so you’ll get to enjoy all the blooms and the pollinators without worrying one bit.

Why grow ‘Miss Molly’ butterfly bush?

  • Dark pink coloring
  • Useful full habit
  • Super tough landscape performance

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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.

Botanical Name

Buddleia 'Miss Molly' PP#23,425, CBR#4446

Zone

5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Flower Color

Pink

Foliage Color

Green

Height

4-5'

Width/Spread

4-5'

Exposure

Full Sun

Soil

Average, Dry, Well-drained

Season of Interest

Fall, Summer

Uses

Borders, Cottage gardens, Foundations, Specimen

Features

Attracts pollinators, Award winner, Compact, Deer resistant, Drought tolerant, Fragrant, Heat tolerant, Long blooming, Non-invasive

Blooms On

New wood

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