Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Pugster® Amethyst Butterfly Bush

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Never fear! The Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Pugster® Amethyst Butterfly Bush (Buddleia 'SMNBDL') is here to fill your garden up with all of the beauty of the bigger Butterfly Bushes but only take up a quarter of the space. Growing a Butterfly Bush is one of the pure joys of the summer garden. The colors are gorgeous and the scent is heavenly and butterflies overwhelmingly agree!

Pugster® has full-sized (and sometimes even bigger!) flowers, just like the full-sized shrubs, but on lush plants that maintain a smaller footprint. The plump blooms are fragrant and accent the aromatic silvery gray-green leaves and dense branching. Not only will the butterflies adore these blooms, but the Hummingbirds will show up in full force too!

Pugster® Amethyst is an icy shade of cool purple that looks great in the garden and is especially pretty in the vase. They have thick stems that are tailor-made for cutting, too! Hardy throughout USDA hardiness zones 5 to 9, Pugster® Buddleia only grow about 2 feet in height and width at maturity!

Planting and Application:

Don't worry about cutting the flowers to bring inside. Pugster® Amethyst is a flower machine and will keep blooming for you all summer up to the first frost. Speaking of frost, Pugster®'s are very cold hardy, down to -20! You'll enjoy loads of blooms in bouquets without depriving your bees and butterflies of a moment of nectar.

Butterfly Bushes are usually back-of-the-border shrubs, tall, and a little lanky with big arching stems that end in big cone-shaped panicles of richly hued flowers. Unfortunately, not every garden has room for these big boys. So choose the Pugster® Amethyst for compact, small-space gardening instead!

You'll want to use these little gems in the front of the border, in Cottage or Pollinator gardens, and to fill in gaps in your perennial flower beds and borders! These small-footprint shrubs even work great in containers, too!

  • Extra-Large & Fluffy Lavender Flower Panicles
  • Long Bloom Time, Rebloom & Late-Season Color
  • Butterflies Adore Them - Nectar-Rich Resources
  • Aromatic Silvery Sage Green Foliage
  • Beautiful Front of the Border, Edging & Container Plants

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Butterfly Bushes are easy to grow and need full sun to do their very best. Plant with Nature Hills Root Booster in a well-drained enriched site with a 3-4 inch deep layer of mulch covering the entire root system. These durable plants are waterwise. Buddleias do best in well-drained soil with moderate enrichment, but they won't tolerate wet roots. Use containers or elevate the planting bed, if your soil drains poorly.

Deadheading the old blooms keeps the plant fresh-looking and keeps those flowers coming! Buddleia can act as herbaceous Perennials in cooler climates but are woody shrubs in warmer winter-growing zones. Prune back in the early spring before new growth emerges, nipping off any winter dieback. In cooler climates, in early spring, cut all of the branches down to a foot or less and allow all new growth to produce incredible new growth and flowers.

  • Full Sun Shrubs/Perennial Plants
  • Well-Drained Soil Of Any Kind
  • Moderate to Low Moisture
  • Deer & Drought Resistant
  • Prune In Early Spring

No matter what size your garden, there is room for the full-sized flowers on this petite Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Pugster® Amethyst Butterfly Bush! Don't wait until we sell out, order yours today from Nature Hills.

Buying Options for Plants

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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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
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Pugster® Amethyst Butterfly Bush Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Proven Winners ColorChoice
Botanical Name Buddleia 'SMNBDL'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 24 inches
Mature Spread 24 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Lavender
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant Yes