A Butterfly bush outside of the norm, the Ultra Violet Buddleia will have the pollinators lining up to visit your landscape. Brilliant violet blooms will grace your landscape from late spring, through summer, and continuing into fall. You'll want to include the Ultra Violet in any butterfly garden you may be assembling. Honeybees and butterflies flock to the Ultra Violet's tantalizing bloom panicles season after season. Additionally, use the Ultra Violet to draw them in, then get them to stick around by planting host plants for caterpillars, such as milkweed, alfalfa, dill, and fennel.
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Unlike traditional Buddleia, Ultra Violet Buddleia is naturally compact and will max out at around 3' H x 3' W. With its smaller growth habit, you'll be able to use this Buddleia in locations that were never possible beforehand. Use them as a low border, container, mass planting, or accent plant.
Mass plantings will create an otherworldly display when scores of gorgeous purple blooms are visited by dozens of hungry, beautiful butterflies.
Border plantings will create a stunning barrier, full of blooms and pollinators. You'll be able to smell that subtle but familiar Buddleia blossom scent as you walk by.
Container plantings are the surprising spot where the Ultra Violet shines. Bring the blooms to you with a Buddleia container on your patio or porch. Its compact nature assures that you are able to create a lasting display. Additionally, feel free to remove some blooms to use as cut flowers. This will help to encourage the Ultra Violet to bloom even more.
Hardy from USDA Zones 5-9.
Plant the Ultra Violet in Full Sun for best results.
This Buddleia is also tolerant of most soil types. However, well-draining soil will help ensure long-term success.
Deadhead spent blooms, and trim the plant back in fall to promote more dense growth.
Fertilize in early spring with a slow-release or organic balanced fertilizer.
For a seamless planting, plant your Ultra Violet Buddleia 2-2.5 feet apart from the plant center to plant center. Otherwise, space them 2 feet for solid hedges or mass plantings; 5 feet or more for space between plants.
This plant was featured in Southern Living's Garden Plans!