Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Pugster Periwinkle® Butterfly Bush

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Butterfly Bushes are some of the most loved garden plants in modern gardens, as well as hummingbirds, bees, and, of course butterflies! The problem is that these plants can get to be pretty huge. Six feet tall and just as wide is pretty common. That alone will often take them out of the running for smaller, urban gardens.

Until now!

The Pugster® line of Buddleia that was developed by Proven Winners® ColorChoice® are bred to be naturally dwarf! The Pugster Periwinkle® (Buddleia x 'SMNBDO') only gets a couple of feet tall and wide. This means that these deep lavender flower clusters will fit anywhere in any sized garden!

That is all well and good, but do you have to compromise flower size to get a small-sized shrub? We are happy to report that the answer is no! These little beauties pump out full-sized panicles of honey-scented blooms all summer and into the fall just like their big brothers.

The gorgeous shade of soft, true lavender might fool you. But this is a tough plant with thick, strong stems that can handle even the coldest of zone 5 winters far better than most other dwarf plants! Growing just 1-2 feet in height, Pugster grows 2-3 feet in width.

Planting and Application:

These lovely little dwarf shrubs fit into any sized sunny garden! Smaller urban lots and postage-stamp courtyards, rooftop gardens, and even container gardeners can all enjoy these compact beauties! You'll enjoy blooms through the summer until frost, providing a long-lasting display!

Use these little gems as edging along garden beds, or as a bright ribbon of color winding throughout Perennial and Cottage gardens! Tough enough for the Rock Garden, and pretty enough for Cut Flower gardens, Pugster® is a must-have for the Pollinator border!

You'll have plenty for cutting to bring inside and still have tons left to invite your pollinator friends over for a visit. Even Hummingbirds will stop by to sip the nectar! The scented blossoms will perfume your outdoor garden rooms and patio seating areas!

  • Full-Sized Blooms On True Dwarf Plant
  • Honey Scented Lavender Blooms
  • Gorgeous Blossoms For Bouquets!
  • Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds & Pollinators
  • En Masse, Garden Specimen & Container Plant

#ProPlantTips for Care

Pugster is an improved Butterfly Bush variety that is extremely easy to care for with proper site selection. These brilliant ornamentals grow best in full sun, so give them at least six hours of direct sunlight a day for those amazing carmine-red blooms! Plant Buddleias in well-drained soil, because they can't tolerate wet roots.

Apply a 3-4 inch deep layer of arborist mulch over the root system, pulling it back from the stems. In early spring, apply a fertilizer for flowering plants. Follow the directions on the label. We recommend that you supply a medium amount of water regularly. This is especially important during the first season while they are establishing in your garden.

Like all Proven Winners® Buddleias, Pugster doesn't require deadheading to keep blooming all season for you! Prune Butterfly Bush in late winter to the ground in cooler climates, and it will grow again from the crown in spring. But just trim back winter dieback in warmer climates.

  • Full Sun Loving Shrub or Perennial
  • Almost Any Well-Drained Soil Type
  • Moderate to Low Moisture Needs
  • Easy to Grow & Low-Maintenance
  • Rarely Damaged by Deer or Rabbits

Get full-sized flowers on a pint-sized plant! Order your Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Pugster Periwinkle® Butterfly Bushes from Nature Hills Nursery today. Don't wait until we sell out!

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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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.

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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.

From To S&H
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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Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Pugster Periwinkle® Butterfly Bush Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Proven Winners ColorChoice
Botanical Name Buddleia x 'SMNBDO'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 1 - 2 feet
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Moderate to Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Lavender
Foliage Deciduous shrub
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant Yes