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Blue Chip Buddleja Buddleja Lo & Behold® 'Blue Chip'

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BUD-lee-uh
Description

Buddleja 'Blue Chip' 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.

'Blue Chip' may die back to the ground in colder zones but will resume growth from the crown the following spring. In regions where above-ground shoots survive over winter, pruning to the ground in late winter 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. 'Blue Chip' plants produce few seeds and infrequently sucker in the garden.  This non-invasive variety is approved for sale in Oregon and Washington

‘Blue Chip’ is the first cultivar to be released to commerce in a new miniature butterfly bush series named LO & BEHOLD through the plant breeding efforts of Dr. Dennis Werner at NC State University.

 

 

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#purple#fragrant#arching#showy flowers#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#shrub#semi-evergreen#easy to grow#wildlife plant#purple flowers#deciduous shrub#blue flowers#cut flowers#cottage garden#rabbit resistant#well-drained soil#multistemmed#violet flowers#deer resistant#dense#sterile#groundcover#miniature#pollinator plant#compact habit#clay soils tolerant#remontant#butterfly friendly#filler#non-invasive#low fertility#new wood#reblooming#container plants
  • 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:
    Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Attracts Pollinators
    Colorful
    Defines Paths
    Easy to Grow
    Fragrance
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Semi-evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Dense
    Mounding
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    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
    Occasionally Dry
    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
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    ‘Blue Chip’ has small, distorted anthers, and low pollen production. Although ‘Blue Chip’ does show some evidence of seed production, it is very low fertility and effectively sterile.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Good Cut
    Long Bloom Season
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    Violet-Blue flowers with an orange-yellow dot in the center grow in spike-like terminal and axillary clusters. The inflorescences are very dense and shortened as compared to the typical Buddleja.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Semi-evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    The leaves are willowy and elliptic. The upper surfaces are gray-green and the lower surfaces are covered in a white pubescence
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Slope/Bank
    Small Space
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Children's Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Heat
    Humidity
    Rabbits