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Pugster Blue® Butterfly Bush

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  • USDA Hardiness Zones 5-9
  • Height 2 Feet Tall
  • Spread 2-3 Feet Wide
  • Light Requirement is Full Sun

Pugster Blue butterfly bush is featured in the Proven Winners "Pied Piper" magazine advertisement.

 The Pugster Blue Butterfly Bush is a dwarf compact butterfly bush that packs a full-size punch. It has full flowers for such a compact plant. The bloom season is long and continuous. It is sturdy and made to survive colder climates. It is drought tolerant, and resistant to deer. It attracts pollinators with its fragrant flowers.

The Pugster Blue Butterfly Bush has green foliage and attractive, full-sized, true-blue blooms. Its blooms are continuous and long blooming. Bloom season begins in the early spring and lasts through the seasons first frost. The flower it produces is fragrant which attracts pollinators. It reaches a height of twenty-four inches. This butterfly bush has a spread of up to thirty-six inches. Use the Pugster Blue Butterfly Bush as a border plant or for ground cover. Plant in containers to keep close by to enjoy its fragrance. It does well with mass planting and makes a stunning focal point.

Pugster Blue Butterfly Bush Care

This is a sun loving plant. It needs to be planted in full sun and receive at minimum six hours of sun per day. It has average water needs. Soil should be well drained. This butterfly bush prefers average soil but is adaptable to most soil types. Apply slow release fertilizer in the spring. Pruning is not recommended. Trim to shape in the spring. Deadheading is not necessary to encourage reblooming.

Pugster Blue Butterfly Bush Spacing

Spacing for the Pugster Blue Butterfly Bush is at minimum 36” inches, center on center. Proper spacing is important to give your plant proper room to grow to its mature size. It also ensures a healthy root system.

Interesting Fact(s) - The name "Pugster" comes from the resemblance to a pug - short, stocky, and cute! There are five varieties we offer: Pugster Amethyst, Pugster Blue, Pugster Periwinkle, Pugster Pink, and Pugster White.

Pugster Blue Butterfly Bush Plant Facts

USDA Hardiness Zones: 5-9
Flower Color(s): Blue
Bloom Period: Summer to Fall
Foliage Color(s): Green
Light Exposure: Full Sun
Height Class: Short
Height: 2 Feet
Spread: 2-3 Feet
Spacing: 3-4 Feet
Habit: Mounded
Blooms On: New Wood
Watering: Low
Shrub Type: Deciduous
Scientific Name: Pugster Blue® Buddleia x 'SMNBDBT' USPP 28,794
Common Name: Pugster Blue® Butterfly Bush
Other Name(s): Buddleja
Brand: Proven Winners ColorChoice®
Drought Tolerant: Yes
Features: Deadheading Not Necessary; Long Blooming; Fragrant Flower; Dwarfing
Attracts: Hummbingbirds, Butterflies & Bees

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2-3 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 3-4 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

For more information, please go to our Shipping & Returns page at the bottom of the website.

Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.

5 Reviews - Pugster Blue® Butterfly Bush Show Reviews

  • 1
    Boxwood Shrub and Pugster Butterfly...

    Posted by Trisha Harman on Jul 31, 2022

    The plants were packed really well. The boxwood looks very healthy. The Pugster Butterfly bush was all dried up and the leaves are shriveled and most have dropped off

  • 5
    We and the butterflies love this plant!

    Posted by Sheila Bradshaw on Jun 22, 2022

    My husband and I ordered over 20 plants from Plant Addicts. They were shipped in a box so carefully! They arrived to us in great condition - no broken stems or smashed plants. Thus, we were able to plant them with no concerns. And they are growing and thriving now! We and the butterflies love the Pugster Blue.

  • 2
    Tiny Plants. Big Price.

    Posted by Tara Stone on Apr 20, 2022

    First time purchase, 4 different plants. Good news & bad news. The good news is that they were well packaged for shipment and appear to be healthy. The bad news is the plants were far smaller than I anticipated and I feel absolutely gouged by the $30 per plant price (4" container, actual plant size is very immature and will take a number of years to make an impact in my garden). The plant size does not justify the $30 price tag ($120 for 4 plants that look like starter plants that might cost around $7-$12 at a local nursery). My mistake for trusting that this small business was selling me a product that would equal the value of the price paid. I probably could have sourced these plants locally and come home with substantially larger plants for half the price. Life is busy and I thought I'd try buying plants online... never again. I make an effort to support small businesses, but I regret my purchase with this small business. I reached out to Plant Addicts to share my regrets and twice I received the exact canned response from two different ladies; I have a feeling they use that canned template often. I do not recommend Plant Addicts. I will never order from them again. Expensive mistake. Lesson learned.

  • 5
    Pugster buddleia

    Posted by Frances Davis on Feb 23, 2022

    This is a beautiful plant

  • 5
    incredible looking plant

    Posted by True Plant Addict on Jul 07, 2020

    I bought these in the spring of 2020. I had never heard of plant addicts before, but found them online. I love supporting small businesses, so I thought I would give them a try. First time buying plants online due to COVID-19, and I'm so very happy with my purchase. I planted 2 of these in garden planters and they are doing great and have bloomed the first year! I'll definitely be ordering from these folks again!