‘Miss Violet’ Butterfly Bush

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

These true purple blooms attract pollinators in droves! Each long spire is packed with little blooms, creating a feast that allows insects to conserve energy and stay in one place. The feeding opportunities don’t stop there! Like other butterfly bushes, each flower opens from the bottom up, meaning that one bloom lasts for over a week. These long lasting blooms result in a floral show that spans from June to October! And not a single one of those blooms will result in a seedling, so you can plant ‘Miss Violet’ anywhere you’d like knowing that it will stay put. A more compact habit than the typical butterfly bush also helps with placement. Its 4-5’ tall and wide frame is snug, but not overwhelming in the middle of the border.

Why grow ‘Miss Violet’ butterfly bush?

  • Rich purple coloring
  • Long feeding time for pollinators
  • Super tough landscape performance


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 Violet' PP#28,448; CBR#5950


5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Flower Color


Foliage Color







Full Sun


Average, Dry, Well-drained

Season of Interest

Fall, Summer


Borders, Cottage gardens, Foundations, Specimen


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

Blooms On

New wood

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