First Editions® Psychedelic Sky™ Butterfly Bush

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Dark and dramatic blooms that are out of this world, the First Editions® Psychedelic Sky™ Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii 'PIIBD-III' PP 26,306) is a shrub covered in huge (six to ten inches long!) spikes of fragrant clear blue flowers that are an instant draw to butterflies and Hummingbirds.

The flowers are strikingly colored and come in droves, ensuring that you will have plenty of great honey-scented cuts for indoor floral bouquets as well as plenty of food for butterflies and hummingbirds outside! Backed by an airy and arching 4-6 foot tall and nearly as wide shrubby mound of gray-green aromatic foliage. Blooming their hearts out until frost!

Psychedelic Sky™ Buddleja from First Editions® will make landscaping easy! Hardy throughout USDA planting zones 5-9, these shrubs won't attract Deer and are relatively pest and disease-free! In some areas, Buddleia can self-seed and become invasive, but First Edition® Buddleia are sterile and won't get into trouble! Nature Hills uses Plant Sentry™ to keep your ecosystem safe!

Planting and Application:

Psychedelic Sky™ flowers are a fresh color in Buddleias! Plant this dark purple bloom and its orange eyes with other butterfly-attracting plants in shades of yellows, oranges, and reds or lavenders and whites to create a gorgeous display! These airy shrubs become the highlight of your Cottage garden and Rock Gardens alike!

Easy growing and highly resilient, Psychedelic Sky™ will grow quickly to fill in bare spots in your foundation plantings and mixed shrub borders! Try using these Xeric and Fire-wise landscapes, turning any garden into a Pollinator garden! These are truly the perfect ornamentals for your sun-drenched landscapes!

You'll love the graceful flowering property division and backdrop hedges you'll make with these great shrubs! Superior specimens and soft screening, any pool-side planter, or alles of Butterfly Bushes planted around meditation gardens will envelop you in graceful, perfumed beauty until frost!

  • Dramatic Dark Purple Blooms With Orange Eyes
  • Sterile First Editions® Plants
  • Fragrant Clear Blue Flowers
  • Butterfly & Hummingbird-Magnet
  • Large Specimens, Backdrops, Hedges, & Xeric Plantings

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Butterfly Bushes must be grown in full sun in average, well-drained soil. Buddleia (sometimes spelled Buddleja) need regular moisture their first year, but become low-water usage once established. But they appreciate supplemental moisture during drought and the summer months to keep the flowers returning. Provide a 3-4 inch deep layer of arborist mulch to support your shrub's root system to hold moisture consistently and insulate the roots.

Take care to deadhead this beauty and you will have flowers well into autumn. Once winter hits, Psychedelic Sky™ will die back to the ground in cold winter places and act like an herbaceous perennial, but will come back faithfully every year to resume its place in your garden. In warmer climates, prune it back in spring to 12 inches to rejuvenate the entire plant in the early spring.

  • Full Sun Plants
  • Shrub or Perennial Depending on Your Climate
  • Well-Drained Soil
  • Moderate Moisture & Fertility
  • Deer Seldom Bother Them
  • Prune In Early Spring

The gorgeous and colorful First Editions® Psychedelic Sky™ Butterfly Bush will turn any garden into a haven for butterflies and hummingbirds! Order yours today from Nature Hills Nursery to transform your landscape!

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

About Plant Sentry™

Plant Sentry is designed to protect both consumers and the nursery trade from invasive plant pests and diseases. Sites that display the Plant Sentry protection badge are protected from consumers buying and nurseries shipping material carrying invasive pests and diseases.

This proprietary eCommerce software prevents the shipment of a restricted plant to each state. The Plant Sentry system includes a shipment certification program. The Plant Sentry Compliance Officer works closely with and each nursery or fulfillment center to ensure only compliant plants are sold to customers.

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

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.

*If you have found your zone already, it will be highlighted in the table below.
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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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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
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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First Editions® Psychedelic Sky™ Butterfly Bush Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand First Editions
Botanical Name Buddleia davidii 'PIIBD-III' PP26,306
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 4 - 6 feet
Mature Spread 4 - 5 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Dark Purple
Foliage Gray Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant Yes