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Miss Ruby has true, clear ruby red on full flower heads. This hummingbird delight grows to about four feet. PP#19950 (Buddleia)

Zones 5 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Attract Birds
Attract Birds
Fragrant
Fragrant
Extended Blooms
Extended Blooms
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size 48-60" tall (4-5 feet), 36-48" wide
Bloom Time Early to late summer
SKU 2BUDDG

Miss Ruby is one of the newer hybrids, and one of the first to give you true, clear ruby red--no wimpy pink here! This beauty grows to about four feet and is a very vigorous bloomer. Of course, the redder your blooms, the more hummingbirds you'll see joining the feast with the butterflies.

The Magic: How the Butterfly Bush works: Buddleia or Butterfly Bush has been a sensation in American gardens for years, and no wonder. This plant is easy to grow, blooms profusely, and has that magical quality: Butterflies cant resist it.

Here's why: Its not just the pretty flowers that attract the butterflies, like any bright flower. Buddleias emit a special honey-scented fragrance that lures butterflies like a moth to a light, and then once there, they find the flowers super-rich in nectar.

A butterfly bush in the garden will often be seen with a mass of butterflies on the flowers, especially during hot sunny afternoons. Buddleias attract other insects too, like moths, and the reddish ones strongly attract hummingbirds. So its more than a name; its actually a botanical phenomenon.

Associated SKUs
2BUDDG
2BUDD (Plant - 3" pot) - Out of stock.
2FBUDD (Plant - 4" pot) - Out of stock.
Common Name Butterfly Bush
Botanical Name Buddleia
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Pink
Mature Height 48-60" tall (4-5 feet)
Estimated Mature Spread 36-48" wide
Bloom Time Early to late summer
Planting Depth Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As Potted Plant
Foliage Color Silver
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Attract Birds, Fragrant, Extended Blooms
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Instructions for Butterfly Bushes:

Butterfly Bush
  1. Open the box immediately, protect from cold, and water each potted plant. Some of your butterfly bush plants may have new green growth and some may not. If you see no leaves, don't worry; this is normal. The roots in the pot are healthy and ready to grow in your garden.
  2. Plant as soon as you can. If your weather cooperates (above freezing), begin planting as soon as possible. If not, keep your butterfly bushes where they get some sun through a window, and keep them moist, not soggy.
  3. As you set out your potted butterfly bushes, dig to loosen the soil around and below the actual spot, and then set the rooted plant at the same level if was growing in the pot.
  4. Plant your butterfly bushes about 4-6' apart, depending on the variety.

  5. When you remove the plant from the pot, do not pull on the leaves or stems. Squeeze the pot a little and the roots and soil will slide out for you.
  6. Water well after planting, and continue to water at least every two weeks, depending on rainfall.

All About Butterfly Bushes

Butterfly Bush Bicolor

Butterfly Bush is easy and quick to grow

Butterfly bushes are popular and hardy from Zone 5 south to Zone 9. In the colder zones, they die to the ground each year like a perennial plants, but in more southern regions, they are somewhat evergreen. In the warmer states, butterfly bushes often grow to 10 or 12 ft. high, and require pruning to keep them shapely. They're happy in almost any soil and prefer moist ground, but will also do well in dryer spots. They need plenty of sun, but will be fine with some shade in the warmer areas. All this tells you that this plant is a tough one, and should be easy to grow in your garden. A well-grown specimen can be a magnificent "fountain" of flowers, since the stems with heavy flower clusters tend to arch in all directions.

The colors and named varieties.

You'll find pink, white, blue, and some very beautiful new bi-colors. Buddleia "Bicolor" created a sensation when it burst on the scene. It is one of the first with bi-colored blooms, often developing long clusters that range from bluish to raspberry to bright orange as you look from the tip to the base of the flower spike.

White Butterfly Bush

Some botanists think the basic white butterfly bush has the most potent lure for insects. That's "White Profusion" with it's very heavy flower heads shown on the right.

A butterfly bush with pink, blue and white flowers on the same plant? Hmmm.

If you've ever heard about this magical butterfly bush, I think I know why. During the 1990's a very well know perennial nursery, which shall remain nameless, began selling "a butterfly bush with three colors on the same plant." The offer was such a successful bonanza for them, they repeated it over and over in ad after ad. And hundreds of thousands of gardeners bought. Well, what they got was really three small seedlings of three different plants grouped into one pot—one white, one blue and one pink. It all worked well, since butterfly bushes grow so easily and quickly, it really did look like one leafy bush as it grew. But once the "bush" was up and blooming with all the colors, if you looked closely near the ground, you'd see three little trunks, not just one. The effect was definitely one handsome bush with blooms in all three colors, but it was simply three different bushes planted very close together.

New butterfly bushes to come?

The genus Buddleia (or Buddleja to be correct) is a group of several wild species that are cultivated and hybridized for the plants we enjoy. Most are from China, but some have been imported from South America as well. The most popular is B. davidii, which was brought into England's Kew Gardens in the 1880's, and is the parent of all the well-known butterfly bushes. However, according to "The Butterfly Website", some naturalists are still seeking out unknown species of Buddleia on the slopes of the Himalayas.

Don't confuse the butterfly bush with butterfly weed.

Some people mistakenly call another famous butterfly attracting plant "butterfly bush", but that's incorrect. "Butterfly weed" is the common name of our famous flame-orange milkweed native wildflower, Asclepias tuberosa. Learn more about butterfly weed »

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American MeadowsButterfly Bush Miss Ruby
 
4.0

(based on 9 reviews)

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nicely full and compact bush

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from Nashville TN

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Pros

  • Attractive
  • Blooms a long time
  • compact
  • Fragrant
  • Healthy

Cons

  • Small In Size

Best Uses

  • Garden
  • Lawn
  • Outdoors

Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Miss Ruby:

Very healthy when it arrived, started growing fairly quickly after planting. Bloomed with many magenta to purple blooms and stayed blooming well until the first freeze which came in November. Compact, not as overpowering as full sized butterfly bush.

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  • Personal

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I love this! It's sooooo cute!!!

By 

from Nashville TN

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Pros

  • Eye catching
  • Miniature Fronds
  • Quick Growing

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Miss Ruby:

      Put this bush in a spot where several other bushes or plants didn't do well and subsequently died prematurely. I turned the soil, cleaned it out, put in fresh potting soil and planted Miss Ruby. It grew and flowered very quickly, now is about 2 ft tall and quite bushy with lots of flowers that are much smaller than a traditional butterfly bush. Can't wait until it gets full height, probably next spring.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Butterfly Bush Miss Ruby

      By 

      from Marion, IA

      Pros

      • Beautiful rich color

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Provide Color

        Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Miss Ruby:

        I only have a deck to plant flowers on. I use a wide based planter with an access to water from the bottom. I prefer to water from the bottom so I don't over or under water the plant. The roots take up the amount of water they need.
        The blooms of the Butterfly Bush Miss Ruby are a deep rich magenta color. The blooms last for weeks.

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        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Beautiful plant

        By 

        from Sacramento, CA

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        Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Miss Ruby:

        I planted this in the spring, and I watered it, but otherwise forgot about it. Now it's late summer, it's wide, but not yet as high as I hoped. It's covered with flowers, the butterfies love it, and I love it. My neighbors love it. Great color.

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        • No

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Slow start but beautiful

        By 

        from Northeast Massachusetts

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        Pros

        • EASY KEEPER
        • Pretty

        Cons

        • Slow start

        Best Uses

          Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Miss Ruby:

          When I received this product, I was skeptical. It was small and when I planted this, it did not do much the first year. It was run over with the lawn mower because it was so small..
          It did grow some but not too much. The second year it was almost non existent in the spring and slowly grew. In mid June, it took off-I had forgot about it. It is now 4' tall and absolutely beautiful. It is a very easy keeper, it has been run over with lawn mower, I am sure it was stepped on also because of its small size. I did not do much with it thinking it was dead and it basically grew without any help from me. It is on the corner of the house and looks great from either side (it is that big). The flowers continue to bloom and each week, it seems like another branch grows!
          Give it time and you will be pleasantly surprised.

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          • No
           
          5.0

          Butterfly Bushes Thrive In Southern Cal!

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          from San Diego

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          Pros

          • Incredible Fast Growth
          • Profusion Of Flowers

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Attracts butterflies
            • Great Privacy Screen

            Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Miss Ruby:

            Don't be fooled by the small size. When I received my first delivery I wondered how these little plants could possibly make it. These plants grow really fast. They come well packaged and healthy. Maybe it is our perfect San Diego climate that helps these plants do so well. My 4" plants grew to over 6' in less than a year. They even reproduced and I now have even more Butterfly bushes! I use them as privacy screens between other bushes such as Bird of Paradise and Canna. I have many varieties and colors of Butterfly bushes from American Meadows. Butterfly bushes are a gorgeous addition to any landscape.

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            1.0

            Butterfly Bush

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            from Janesville, Wisconsin

            Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Miss Ruby:

            We planted it last fall, but it froze and died over the winter. It is dead now.

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            • No
             
            3.0

            Still Waiting.

            By 

            from New Jersey

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            Pros

            • Poking Through The Ground

            Cons

            • Waiting For Results

            Best Uses

            • Attract butterflies

            Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Miss Ruby:

            The plant delivered was very small and disappeared during the winter.
            Now it is just beginning to show leaves above the ground. Waiting to
            see what happens.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            So Far So Good!

            By 

            from Lake Wylie, SC

            Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Miss Ruby:

            The butterfly bushes arrived in the late fall and held up well during the colder months. They are now beginning to flourish in the garden.

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            USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

            To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

            • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
            • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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