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Buddleia Pugster® Series

Buddleia Pugster PeriwinkleAt the MNLGA Field Day at the Perennial Farm on June 25, 2019, there were some examples of the new Pugster® Buddleia by Proven Winners. Pugster Periwinkle® Buddleia x ‘SMNBDO’ USPP, was on display with a number of other beautiful herbaceous perennials that Dr. Allan Armitage wanted to highlight. Dr. Armitage thought that the Pugster® butterfly bush varieties were some of the best – so far - of the compact dwarf butterfly bushes, being compact in growth and very cold hardy. Pugster Periwinkle® grows only 2 feet tall and 2-3 feet wide with very sturdy stems capable of holding the huge flower heads that that the Pugster® butterfly bushes produce. Pugster® buddleia plants grow best in full sun in USDA zones 5-9 and prefer moist but well drained soils. The bright purple flowers are borne on dense clusters 3-4 inches round and almost 8 inches long. The flowers are very fragrant and attract a number of colorful pollinators including butterflies, hummingbirds and bees. They are also noted for being resistant to both rabbits and deer.

These lovely flowering plants will provide color all summer up to the first hard frost, blooming on new growth each year. The plants are heat loving and once established, very drought tolerant, and bloom through the hottest part of the summer providing nectar for all of the pollinators. There are more Pugster® plants besides the Pugster Periwinkle®. There are also Pugster Amethyst®, Pugster Blue®, Pugster Pink® and Pugster White®. These colorful compact dwarf butterfly bushes can be grown as a low colorful hedge, a container plant, as a specimen and as a groundcover. They are excellent as an edging plant as well. Some occasional pests include spider mites, aphids, and the checkerspot caterpillar.

The photo is Buddleia Pugster® Periwinkle
Article and Photo By: Ginny Rosenkranz, Extension Educator, Wicomico, Worcester, and Somerset Counties, University of Maryland Extension
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