Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Exposure: Full Sun Height: 2' Width/Spread: 2'

A smaller habit, but not smaller blooms. Pugster Periwinkle® butterfly bush has full sized blooms that arch elegantly upward and outward from its stocky habit. Its flowers are a cool medium purple, not too light, not too dark. This shade helps unite multiple shades of purple across a garden bed and creates the perfect base for spaces with cool color palettes. Its compact habit fits in nicely at the front of the border, looks lovely as thriller in a container display, makes a tough low hedge or edging for walkways, and more!

Why grow Pugster Periwinkle® butterfly bush?

  • Abundant blooms
  • Attracts pollinators
  • 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 'SMNBDO' PP#28, 796, CBR#6457


5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Flower Color


Foliage Color







Full Sun


Average, Dry, Well-drained

Season of Interest

Fall, Summer


Borders, Containers, Edging, Low Hedges, Mass Planting


Attracts pollinators, Compact, Deer resistant, Drought tolerant, Fragrant, Heat tolerant, Long blooming

Blooms On

New wood


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