The Pugster ‘White’ Butterfly Bush, with the botanical name Buddleia ‘SMNBDW’ and also known as Pugster White®, is a part of the Pugster series renowned for its compact growth habit and full-sized flowers. This particular cultivar is appreciated for its pure white blooms that offer a crisp, clean look in the garden.
Here are some defining features of the Pugster White® Butterfly Bush:
– **Flowers:** Pugster White® features large, dense, and fragrant flower spikes of radiant white blooms. Each individual flower is relatively large for a dwarf butterfly bush, contributing to the showy nature of the inflorescences. The flowers are borne on stout stems and are known to attract pollinators such as butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds.
– **Foliage:** The shrub has attractive, silvery-green foliage that provides a lush backdrop to the stark white flowers. The leaves are broad and somewhat elongated, typical of the Buddleia genus.
– **Size:** Staying true to the Pugster series’ form, Pugster White® is a dwarf cultivar, reaching about 2 feet in height and 2 to 3 feet in width, making it suitable for smaller gardens, border fronts, and container gardening.
– **Blooming Season:** It offers a continuous display of blooms from early summer through the first frost, providing a long-lasting impact in the garden.
– **Attracting Wildlife:** The blooms are a strong attractant for wildlife, inviting an array of pollinators to the garden and contributing to biodiversity.
– **Care:** This variety enjoys full sun and well-draining soil. It is low maintenance, drought-resistant once established, and doesn’t need deadheading to keep the flowers coming.
– **Hardiness:** Pugster White® is winter hardy in USDA zones 5 through 9, making it a resilient choice across a variety of climates.
A notable advantage of the Pugster White® Butterfly Bush is its robust nature, thanks to the thick, sturdy stems which enhance the plant’s hardiness and support the weight of the blooms well, preventing them from drooping. This attribute also means better survival through the winter compared to other dwarf butterfly bushes.
Pugster White® is celebrated for its striking white flowers that can create a sense of brightness in the garden, contrasting beautifully with darker foliage or serving as a perfect complement to any color scheme. It is especially effective in moon gardens, where white-flowering plants are chosen specifically for the way they seem to glow in the dusk and evening light. Its tidy growth habit and impressive bloom size make it a standout in any setting.