First Editions® Groovy Grape™ Butterfly Bush

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Do you want a groovy butterfly garden this year? Turn any space in your garden into a butterfly hotspot with the First Editions® Groovy Grape™ Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii 'PIIBD-I')! This is an ornamental flowering shrub covered in huge, six to ten inches long, spikes of violet-purple flowers that are an instant draw to butterflies and Hummingbirds far and wide!

The fragrant flowers are strikingly colored and come in droves, ensuring that you will have plenty of cut flowers for bouquets without depriving your pollinators! Groovy Grape™ flowers are a classic deep color, accented by contrasting orange centers of each floret packed tightly along each spire.

The gray-green aromatic leaves are the perfect backdrop to the enormous spires and present an airy, elegant branching, 8-10 feet in height. Wonderfully adaptable throughout USDA planting zones 5 to 9, Butterfly Bushes are easy to care for and low-maintenance garden gems!

Planting and Application:

Groovy Grape™ will grow quickly to fill in bare spots in your foundation plantings, borders, and sun-drenched garden beds. They will reach their full height every year before you know it. Plant it with other butterfly-attracting plants in shades of yellows and oranges, or lavenders and blues!

These tall shrubs are fantastic screening and airy hedges that won't break the bank! En masse plantings thrive in hot sunny and Xeric locations and Rock Gardens alike! Groovy Grape™ shows off as specimen plantings when used solo, shining in the garden and always comes with their usual entourage of pollinators!

These ornamentals do equally well in the Cottage garden and pampered front garden berm! In fact, about any garden becomes a pollinator and cut flower garden with the addition of these brilliant flowering gems!

  • Violet-Purple Fragrant Flowers
  • Soft Silvery Green Foliage
  • Mid-Sized Graceful Shrub
  • Butterfly & Hummingbird Magnet
  • Brilliant Specimens & Focal Points, Mixed Hedges, Backdrops & Mass Plantings

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Like all Butterfly Bushes, Groovy Grape™ does best in full sun, otherwise it will get leggy and sparse. Not doing well with wet feet, these plants need a place in your garden with good drainage and Nature Hills Root Booster to start them off best. Regular water is necessary for all new plants but once established, Buddleia (or Buddleja as they're sometimes spelled) can be low-moisture usage plants! You will keep the blooms popping with supplemental water during drought and high summer temperatures, as well as with regular Deadheading. That way you will have flowers well into autumn.

Provide 3-4 inches of arborist mulch to hold in moisture and insulate the roots. Once winter hits, Groovy Grape™ will die back to the ground in cold winter places like an herbaceous Perennial. In warmer climates, they act as woody shrubs. Either way, prune it back in spring to 12 inches to rejuvenate the entire plant.

  • Full Sun For The Most Blooms
  • Well-Drained Soil
  • Fast Growing & Cold Hardy
  • Moderate Moisture & Fertility
  • Deer Seldom Bother Them
  • Prune In Early Spring

Get your groove on and order your First Editions® Groovy Grape™ Butterfly Bush today and enjoy bountiful blooms and butterflies in your landscape! Now available at Nature Hills Nursery!

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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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
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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First Editions® Groovy Grape™ Butterfly Bush Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand First Editions
Botanical Name Buddleia davidii 'PIIBD-I'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 8 - 10 Feet
Mature Spread 6 - 8 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Deep Purple
Foliage Gray Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant Yes