Nanho Blue Butterfly Bush

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The Nanho Blue Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii 'Nanho Blue') is hands down one of the most striking of all of the Butterfly Bushes! This isn't the typical purple, lavender, or rose Buddleia, this is a gentian blue that looks brilliant all season long!

Just like its name says, this shrub is a siren call to beneficial pollinators and butterflies, and are even irresistible to Hummingbirds! They will be drawn to your Nanho Blue from all over the garden! Plant this where you can watch all the action and enjoy the sweet captivating fragrance of the tightly packed little florets that make up each pointed flower cluster.

Buddleia, or Butterfly Bush, has been a garden sensation for centuries! They took the garden world by storm when they were first planted in England's Kew Gardens in the 1880s. These shrubs grow from the ground to four or five feet tall in one season with hundreds of arching flowers covering the plants from summer to frost like a fountain!

Nanho is hardy throughout USDA growing zones 5 to 9 and handles full sun all day without fading or shrinking away. Xeric once established, these are highly adaptable and forgiving shrubs that will delight you all growing season long!

Planting and Application:

Plant as a gorgeous specimen throughout the sun landscape for unusual blue hues and long-lasting color all summer until frost! Maximize this flowering shrub by planting multiples of Nanho Blue together in groupings, as back-of-the-border plantings, or evenly spaced along a sunny pathway!

Even mixing this captivating plant with other colors makes its beauty shine endlessly! This plant will be sure to stand out no matter what! The vivid blue mixes well with lavenders, white, pink of all shades, and stands out among orange and yellow!

These are must-haves in the Cut flower garden, the Pollinator border, and throughout mixed shrub borders for long-lasting summer-to-fall-color and nectar resources! Every Rock garden, sunny Cottage and Perennial border, mixed shrub hedge, or as a focal point anchoring a foundation hedge at the corner of your home are all ideal locations for these hardy, and easy-going flowering plants!

  • Gentian Blue Flower Clusters
  • Aromatic Silvery Blue-Green Foliage
  • Airy Fast-Growing Branching
  • Butterflies Absolutely Adore It!
  • Fragrant - Makes Great Cut Flowers!
  • Tall Back of the Border, Specimens & Focal Points

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Site your Buddleia in full sun with well-drained soil to ensure your shrub is off on the right foot. Youll also want to plant with Nature Hills Root Booster for symbiotic support at the roots for life! Water well during the first year to help it get established, but cut back on the watering after unless there hasn't been adequate rainfall in the summers. Mulching with arborist bark chips 3-4 inches deep around the root system will help regulate temperatures and conserve water.

In warmer climates, it can grow to 10 feet tall. In cold winter areas, it will die to the ground like an herbaceous Perennial, but come back even stronger in the spring! Deadhead or snip blossoms for bouquets to encourage rebloom until frost and keep the shrub tidier looking.

Plant with confidence because these shrubs are seldom eaten by deer and Nature Hills uses Plant Sentry to ensure we only ship plants into areas where they won't get into trouble.

  • Full Sun Shrub/Perennial
  • Needs Well-Drained Soil
  • Moderate to Low Moisture Needs Once Established
  • Appreciates Mulch & Deadheading
  • Deer Seldom Eat These - Hardy & Disease Resistant

Make sure to order more than one Nanho Blue Butterfly Bush, because you will be so happy with its performance that you'll want to start your own butterfly garden! Order today at before they're gone!

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Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
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Nanho Blue Butterfly Bush Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Buddleia davidii 'Nanho Blue'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 5 - 7 feet
Mature Spread 4 - 6 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate to Low
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Gentian Blue
Foliage Color Silver BlueGreen
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant Yes