‘Miss Ruby’ Butterfly Bush

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

Electric coloring and an electrified habit make ‘Miss Ruby’ an absolute stand out in the garden. Its bright pinky purple flowers are truly unlike any other variety. These blooms are not only long, but long-lasting as well, inviting a multitude of colorful pollinators day after day in the summertime. Making this shrub the perfect choice for photographers and plain old pollinator lovers alike. Due to this shrub’s non-invasive nature, you can breathe easy when you plant it amongst your pollinator patch, cottage garden, or hedgerow.

Why grow ‘Miss Ruby’ butterfly bush?

  • Long bloom time
  • Extremely vibrant coloring
  • 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 Ruby' PP#19,950, CBR#3603

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-draining

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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