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Buddleja Lo & Behold® 'Blue Chip Jr.' PP #19991

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BUD-lee-uh
Description

Buddleja 'Blue Chip Jr' is a hybrid derived from Buddleja 'Blue Chip'  in the plant breeding program of Dr. Dennis Werner of North Carolina State University.  It is an alternative to 'Blue Chip' with many of the same characteristics but is considered by many to be an improved variety due to its more compact and symmetrical shape, consistent rich blue color, silver-green foliage, earlier flowering, and stronger stems. It is the earliest to bloom of all the Lo & Behold series. 

'Blue Chip Jr' grows in average, well-drained soils in full sun. It may become weedy with diminished flowering if not grown in full sun. Like all Buddleja, it requires moderate moisture and may suffer from root rot if the soil is consistently wet. When planted in clay soil, the soil should be amended with compost and the base of the plant should be planted slightly above ground level. It is drought tolerant once established. It should be watered occasionally, more in extreme heat or when grown in containers.

'Blue Chip Jr' is winter hardy but may die back to the ground in colder zones and resume growth from the crown the following spring. In regions where above-ground shoots survive over winter, pruning to the ground in late winter when new leaves appear at the base will produce more vigorous growth in the spring, give the plant a better shape, and produce more flowers. Deadheading encourages additional blooms but is not otherwise necessary.

The plants produce few seeds and infrequently sucker in the garden.  This non-invasive variety is approved for sale in Oregon and Washington.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#purple#fragrant#showy flowers#deciduous#full sun tolerant#fragrant flowers#small spaces#blue#drought tolerant#fall flowers#violet#shrub#semi-evergreen#container plant#easy to grow#purple flowers#deciduous shrub#blue flowers#cut flowers#low maintenance#fall interest#dwarf#cottage garden#rabbit resistant#mass planting#disease resistant#edging#insect pest tolerant#spreading#summer flowers#deer resistant#showstopper#long bloom time#groundcover#miniature#rounded#bedding plants#pollinator plant#border front#xeriscaping#compact habit#clay soils tolerant#butterfly friendly#thriller#waterwise#reblooming#symmetrical
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Buddleja
    Family:
    Scrophulariaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Sandhills Research Station at Jackson Springs, NC
    Wildlife Value:
    This plant attracts butterflies and other pollinators seeking nectar.
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Attracts Pollinators
    Colorful
    Defines Paths
    Easy to Grow
    Fragrance
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 6 in. - 2 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Semi-evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Mounding
    Multi-stemmed
    Rounded
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    This cultivar produces a very small number of seed heads, allowing the plant a longer bloom time and removing the need to deadhead blooms.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Spike
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Good Cut
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    These flowers bloom continuously all summer and until the first frost with showy blue fragrant flowers in spike-like terminal and axillary clusters. It does not require deadheading. It works well as a cut flower.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Semi-evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Description:
    This plant has elliptic leaves that are gray/ green. The leaves are slightly more rounded than 'Blue Chip'.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Form:
    Straight
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Slope/Bank
    Small Space
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Children's Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Diseases
    Drought
    Heat
    Rabbits