Buddleja 'Blue Chip Jr.’ Lo & Behold® PP #19991
- Common Name(s):
- Blue Chip Buddleja, Blue Chip butterfly bush, Lo & Behold®, Lo & Behold® blue chip butterfly bush
- ‘Blue Chip Jr’, Lo & Behold® 'Blue Chip Jr'
Few deciduous plants are as colorful in the summer garden as the butterfly bush, which is typically a 6- to 8-foot shrub. Thanks to the plant breeding efforts of Dr. Dennis Werner at NC State University, a hardy miniature Buddleja called ‘Lo & Behold Blue Chip’ is available for Carolina gardens.
‘Blue Chip’ has a symmetrical, compact spreading habit with violet-blue flowers. The blossoms are fragrant and possess malformed anthers that produce little to no pollen. Due to the tiny number of seed heads formed, ‘Blue Chip’ flowers prolifically throughout the summer and fall, with no need to deadhead spent blooms, providing beautiful color when few other shrubs are in bloom. Even if plants do not die to the ground in winter, they will grow more vigorously, produce more and larger flowers, and maintain a more attractive overall shape if cut close to the ground in late winter each year.
Butterfly bushes require full sun and decent soil drainage. Because of the low spreading habit (2 to 3 feet in height) of ‘Lo & Behold Blue Chip,’ it is perfect for use in the front of landscape beds or in mass plantings. As with most Buddlejas, ‘Blue Chip’ will attract butterflies and other pollinators in abundance. It is deer resistant, drought tolerant, and compact enough to grow in containers on your sunny patio.
Buddleja is a genus of about 100 species of mainly shrubs but also some trees and climbers. They are native to Asia, Africa and North and South America.
Though deadheading is not necessary, removal of spent flower spikes during the growing season may encourage additional bloom.
Plant in borders, cottage gardens, rose gardens, or pollinator gardens.
Wildlife Value: Attracts butterflies and other pollinators seeking nectar. Tolerates damage from deer and rabbits.
Insects, Diseases and Other Problems: This plant suffers from no serious insect or disease problems. Nematodes can be problematic. This cultivar is not considered to be invasive in the landscape (no suckers and few seeds).
- 2-3 feet
- Blooms continuously all summer and until the first frost with showy blue fragrant flowers in spike-like terminal and axillary clusters. Does not require deadheading. Works well as a cut flower.
- Symmetrical, compact, spreading
- Does well in well drained soils. Tolerates clay.
- 1-2 feet
- Elliptic leaves are gray green and reminiscent of willow.
NCCES plant id: 3093