Nanho Purple Butterfly Bush

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Nanho Purple Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii 'Nanho Purple') is a deciduous shrub with ornamental features. A few of these would make a spectacular hedge for your landscape. If you have a place where fall flowers are lacking, Nanho would also be a great choice to fill in that spot with some late-season color.

Your Nanho Purple Butterfly Bush will astound you each June when its petite, lavender flowers appear. The delicate blossoms cluster in long spikes of up to six inches long! These bloom from the bottoms up to the tips for an extended flowering time for each bloom!

The fragrant blooms amid the grey-tinted, green foliage will be a strong lure to pollinators, and just as the name suggests, especially attractive to your butterflies. In fact, sometimes Butterfly Bushes in bloom are so covered with butterflies that the entire shrub seems to vibrate with their excitement! It has a graceful, arching habit and no significant disease or insect issues.

Planting and Application:

As if this incredible, floral display wasn't enough, your Nanho will continue to put on its fascinating show throughout summer and sometimes even up until the first frost. These are tall and wide light screens and great backdrops for other smaller shrubs or perennials. They're of course the most beneficial for pollinators!

These are long-lasting blooms that will fill your garden beds and borders all summer through autumn if you keep up with deadheading. Snipping some stems for your vases indoors is another alternative to deadheading, that way you can enjoy the fragrance and beauty indoors too! Ornamental landscaping plants that add a huge punch of color to your garden!

  • Lilac-Pink Color June Through Fall
  • Long Panicles of Tiny Fragrant Blossoms
  • Huge Pollinator Attractor
  • Fast Growing & Long Bloom Period
  • Beds & Borders, Pollinator Gardens & Long-Lasting Color

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Butterfly Bushes thrive in full sun, the more the better! Provide a moderate amount of moisture that's consistent while they are establishing. Provide a well-drained site that's enriched and organic. Nanho can be left to grow naturally or pruned to about 6-8 inches high in late winter or early spring as desired. It's a vigorous grower and generally hardy.

  • Thrives in Full Sun
  • Moderate Moisture & Well-Drained Soil
  • Prune Late Winter/Early Spring
  • Mulch Well

If you love Lilacs, but bemoan their short bloom period, the Nanho Purple Butterfly Bush is for you! Why not let this 'Summer Lilac' extend your enjoyment of fragrant, lavender flowers well into fall this year! Order a Nanho Purple Butterfly Bush today from!

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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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0 - 19.99 24.99
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 Purple 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 Purple'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 5 - 6 feet
Mature Spread 4 - 5 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Blue-Green
Foliage Blue-Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time When Dormant
Fragrant Yes