Has anyone grown the new dwarf Butterfly Bushes?

prairiemoon2 z6 MAAugust 27, 2009

I would really love to hear your experiences if you have. I am particularly interested to know if they are fragrant like the large ones, how tall they get and what size the blossoms are. Thanks.. :-)

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iloveplants-michele

I have a beautiful white dwarf butterfly bush. It has a beautiful round habit, not nearly as long and leggy as the larger varieties. It is one of my favorite plants in my garden because the blooms just keep coming. Mine is not fragrant and the blossoms are about 4 to 5 inches long. I highly recommend it!

    Bookmark   August 27, 2009 at 9:03PM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Thanks iloveplants, you are right, it is great to have less leggy and full of blooms. Unfortunately for me, fragrance is something I'm not willing to give up. I have two of the larger size and both are nice and fragrant. I'm glad you like yours so much. Maybe I can find a dwarf that is fragrant. My garden is pretty small and I try to select shrubs that have more than one attribute because they have to do double duty.

As for size of the bloom. I was thinking along the lines of how 'fat' the bloom is. Mine are nice and long but skinny and I was looking for a plumb, fat blossom.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2009 at 7:41AM
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nckvilledudes(7a NC)

I purchased an Adonis Blue butterfly bush this past winter on eBay. It is part of the butterfly bush series that was developed in England. Even with it just being planted this fall and only having had perhaps 2 inches of natural rain since mid-June, it has been in flower all summer long and has not gotten taller than 2 to 2.5 feet tall. I can't comment on its eventual height but the information I received said that it is not supposed to get more than 4 to 5 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide. I haven't really paid much attention to any fragrance that it might have but then again, I have never grown any butterfly bush for its fragrance in the past and may just be my lack of attention as to whether it has one or not.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2009 at 7:05PM
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ditas

Hi Buddleia lovers - I've scrolled up & down hoping to find a thread such as this, to ask my ???

Have any of you heard/grown LO & BEHOLD BLUE CLIPS? I'm quite interested & wish to hear how he did if you have him ... I googled for a low growing, blue & preferably butterfly magnet like my 2 reg. sized ones ... Proven Winner's choice this year!!! Didn't mention about fragrance but it's self-cleaning (no dead-heading) ... 2-3' in size and a blooming machine!!! What else can I ask for huh?

I'm thinking of replacing a supposedly, dwarf *Little Spire* Russian Sage ... was only dwarf for a couple of years & is now as tall as my regular sized one. I hate to have to replace Lil Spire ... love his fragrance & blue-lavender spires ... but has outgrown the spot alloted as an underplant around my large Tardiva shrub.

Like prairiemoon2, would appreciate to hear of your experiences &/or thoughts! Â;)

    Bookmark   September 3, 2009 at 8:21PM
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nckvilledudes(7a NC)

I finally got around to checking on whether the Adonis Blue Dwarf butterfly bush flowers have a fragrance and they do.

    Bookmark   September 6, 2009 at 7:36AM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

That's great to hear nckvilledudes....I am getting more and more interested in trying to grow one of these. Now if I can find them locally that will be great. :-)

ditas...I understand how disappointing it is when something that is supposed to grow to a certain size doesn't. I bought Little Joe Pye Weed which is supposed to be smaller than the usual and this year it is taller than the usual, which I also have. Plus I have a Physocarpus Summer Wine, which I've been reading posts about the fact that it gets as large as the Diablo that it was supposed to be a smaller version of. I was just thinking about trying a 'Little Spires' because someone recommended it for it's 'non-floppiness'.

    Bookmark   September 7, 2009 at 5:44AM
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nckvilledudes(7a NC)

Prairiemoon, the same seller that I purchased mine from on eBay currently has a listing for one for sale. The seller's name is djroger. I can attest to the quality of the plant I got from him if you are leary of ordering via eBay. I am in no way affiliated with him or his plants so I am not pushing him specifically. Just thought you might appreciate a heads up on where to find one of the plants if you are interested.

Also while scanning the Garden Web forums this morning, there is a poster who showed her Adonis plant with some other flowers interplanted in front of it. Here is a link to the thread and picture if you want to see the plant in real life. Just scroll down in the thread and you will find it.

Here is a link that might be useful: Adonis Butterfly Bush

    Bookmark   September 7, 2009 at 6:55AM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Thanks, nckvilledudes...very helpful to see that photo!

    Bookmark   September 7, 2009 at 4:41PM
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butterfly4u

"Blue Chips" grow to 36 inches tall.
They are fragrant.
I won't be buying them though, they are 40.00 a piece.
Too much for a tiny butterfly bush.
(they are real cute though)

    Bookmark   September 25, 2009 at 12:57AM
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ditas

Thank you butterfly4u, for the additional info! If *Blue Clips* is compact & self-cleaning, I'll wait a while ($$ down a bit) & still & get one! However I'm really looking for an even smaller blue, blooming-machine with some fragrance ... is there such a one!!!?

    Bookmark   September 29, 2009 at 8:43PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

Garden Crossings (excellent Garden Watchdog rating, BTW) has them for less than half that, even for single quantities. Also, it's 'Blue Chip', not 'Blue Chips'.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2009 at 11:44AM
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spazzycat_1

I've seen 'Blue Chip' and 'Miss Ruby' at Lowes for around $20.00. I purchased my plants at an arboretum sale for around the same price.

The blooms are definitely smaller in proportion to the smaller size of the plant. If fragrant, I've not noticed it, but I can't say that I've jammed my nose into a blossom to check either.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2009 at 2:05PM
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phylrae(z5a/centralNYS)

I was perusing this forum and noticed this post.
I don't have any other buddleias, but DID spend the $35 for Lo & Behold Blue Chip at a local nursery, because I really wanted one nice, small buddleia. It was in full bloom and I buried my nose in its blossoms, and it smelled very nice. I really like it!
:0) Phyl

    Bookmark   October 1, 2009 at 8:53PM
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teri2(7B TN)

I planted Lo and Behold this spring, wanting butterflies but not having room in my condo garden for a regular sized bush. Don't remember what I paid but it is unlikely to have been more than $20. The tag said it would be 2'X2' and now, in its first July, it's about 18" tall and 24" wide. Lots of blooms but not self cleaning for me, although I might be just a little quick off the mark to deadhead. I haven't noticed any fragrance at all but the most significant thing is that it doesn't attract butterflies. They go to everything around it but have no interest in the butterfly bush. Very disappointing.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2010 at 1:01PM
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gardening101a(7b / 8a)

old thread.....but i got a blue chip a week ago, haven't even planted it yet. right off the bat it attracted butterflies and bummble bees. this evening i found 4 of the bees almost dead on the blooms, don't know if it is the temperature or what (probably 70 deg when i saw them)?

    Bookmark   October 16, 2012 at 7:59PM
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eahamel(9a)

Gardening 101, it could have been sprayed with insecticide before you got it. Temp isn't high enough to kill bees, which I see on my plants when it's 100 or so. One nursery here doesn't put bee and butterfly attracting plants out for a couple of weeks after they get them, just in case they've been sprayed. Most nurseries don't think like that.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2012 at 12:40PM
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gardening101a(7b / 8a)

thanks, i thought the same thing after posting......what if the nursery had sprayed? we had a good rain a few days ago and i sprayed it down with the garden hoset this afternoon.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2012 at 5:18PM
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equineladie

does anyone have dwarf butterfly bush seeds ?

    Bookmark   October 5, 2013 at 9:12PM
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