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Buddleja Lo & Behold® 'Ice Chip'

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BUD-lee-uh
Description

Buddleja 'Ice Chip' is a hybrid derived from Buddleja 'Blue Chip'  in the plant breeding program of Dr. Dennis Werner of North Carolina State University. 

Buddleja 'Ice Chip' is a dwarf, wide and low spreading perennial, making it appropriate for use as a ground cover. The foliage is very dense and full, and the blossoms fragrant. This variety is sterile, continuously blooming, and requires no deadheading. 'Ice Chip' has a neat, mounded form that sends its long plumes of tiny white flowers, up and out of the foliage all summer and into fall.

'Ice 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. It is drought tolerant once established. It should be watered occasionally, more in extreme heat or when grown in containers.

'Ice Chip' 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. 

Because the plants produce few seeds and infrequently sucker in the garden, this non-invasive cultivar is approved for sale in Oregon and Washington.

 

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#low growing#perennial#white flowers#container plant#moths#deciduous shrub#low maintenance#cottage garden#rabbit resistant#mounding#edging#spreading#deer resistant#nighttime garden#long bloom time#groundcover#rounded#borders#pollinator plant#compact habit#sandy soils tolerant#patio#butterfly friendly#pollution tolerant#sun#low fertility#reblooming#bees
  • 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:
    Flowers attract butterflies and other pollinators
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 6 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Mounding
    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
    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:
    Male anthers are malformed are lacking, little pollen is produced. It is highly female sterile with few viable seeds.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    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:
    White flowers bloom on new wood.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Insignificant
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    silvery-green foliage, green above and grey-green below
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Naturalized Area
    Patio
    Walkways
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Nighttime Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Moths
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Heat
    Pollution
    Rabbits