Plant Taxonomy of Blue Chip Butterfly Bush:
Plant Type for Lo & Behold:
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This shrub will be employed in the landscape in many ways; for example, in cottage gardens. Larger types of Buddleia are typically grown in the back row of layered plantings, but this more compact version is well suited to placement in the middle row of a flower bed.
Some will want to mass Blue Chip butterfly bushes together along a property line to form a border, while others may install them in foundation beds.
Wildlife Attracted to Blue Chip Butterfly Bushes:
Outstanding Characteristics of Lo & Behold:
Aesthetically speaking, the fact that Lo & Behold blossoms so late into the year means that it will display fall flowers at a time when few other shrubs are flowering. Its miniature stature is also a major selling point.
But aesthetics aside, many growers may end up valuing Blue Chip butterfly bush most for what it is not, and what it is not, allegedly, is an invasive plant. You see, Buddleia is indigenous to the Far East. Like many plants from China and other faraway lands, the typical Buddleia grown in certain parts of North America has acted in an invasive manner. It's not invasive everywhere, but it's invasive in many areas, such as the Pacific Northwest; ask your local Cooperative Extension if in doubt. But this cultivar is listed by its developers as non-invasive.
Horticulturist, Tim Woods says, "University studies have shown that Lo & Behold 'Blue Chip' is non-invasive," pointing out that 'Blue Chip' is not Buddleia davidii but rather a complex "hybrid that contains three species." Woods notes that this cultivar is "male sterile" (doesn't produce pollen) and "produces just trace amounts of seed (even when grown in close proximity to other cultivars) compared to millions of seed on a typical Buddleia davidii."
We can only hope that this claim is right. A non-invasive Buddleia would have lots of gardeners running around shouting, "Lo & Behold!"