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Pugster Pink® Butterfly Bush Buddleia x

  • Sun
Flower Season
  • Summer
  • Fall
Mature Size
2' 3' 61cm 91cm
Height: 2'
Spread: 2' - 3'
Height: 61cm
Spread: 61cm - 91cm
  • Details

    24 - 24 Inches
    36 - 48 Inches
    24 - 36 Inches
    91cm - 1.2m
    61cm - 91cm


    This variety is no longer available from Proven Winners®. Alternatives include: Pugster Pinker®.

    A whole new look for butterfly bush! What makes a space-saving dwarf butterfly bush even better? Full sized flowers! Pugster® butterfly bushes are the first to offer large, dense blooms on a small frame for maximum impact in the landscape. Continuous blooming habit means that you'll enjoy the taffy-pink flowers of Pugster Pink® from summer through frost without deadheading. Perhaps best of all, the thick, heavy stems of Pugster butterfly bushes ensure better hardiness and winter survival in cold areas than other dwarf butterfly bushes.

    Top three reasons to grow Pugster Pink® butterfly bush:

    1. Candy pink flowers are large size, even though the plant is compact.

    2. Blooms all summer without deadheading - low maintenance!

    3. Thick stems mean better winter survival, even in USDA zone 5.

    Fragrant Flower
    Continuous Bloom or Rebloomer
    Long Blooming
    Heat Tolerant
    Deadheading Not Necessary
    Drought Tolerant


    Plant Type: 
    Shrub Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    24 Inches 61cm
    36 - 48 Inches 91cm - 1.2m
    24 - 36 Inches 61cm - 91cm
    Flower Colors: 
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 

    The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

    Maintenance Category: 
    Blooms On: 
    New Wood
    Bloom Time: 
    Summer through Fall
    Hardiness Zones: 
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
    Water Category: 
    Needs Good Drainage
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Average Soil
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Poor Soil
    Border Plant
    Edging Plant
    Mass Planting
    Specimen or Focal Point
    Uses Notes: 

    Long-blooming habit and vivid color make it the perfect addition to flower gardens and perennial beds.

    *In zones 5 and colder it is not recommended for fall planting OR pruning.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Get all the details you need to grow butterfly bush like an expert in our ultimate guide to butterfly bush.

    PLEASE NOTE: Pugster Pink® - Butterfly Bush - Buddleia x is restricted and cannot be shipped to the state(s) of OR or WA.

    Fun Facts: 

    The name "Pugster" comes from these plants' resemblance to a pug - short, stocky, and cute! There are four colorful varieties to choose from: Pugster Blue, Pugster Periwinkle, Pugster Pink, and Pugster White.

    Pugster Pink® Buddleia x 'SMNBDPT' USPP 28,836, Can 6,488
  • 4 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • I bought a pink pugster in May 2023 and have been so very pleased with it. I planted it in a sunny spot above a retaining wall that overlooks a flower bed. It has bloomed continuously and attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. I have been deadheading it, and it is continues to put out lots of new blooms in mid September!! My daughter needed a compact blooming shrub for a container garden. When she saw my pink pugster, she went and got one, too.

      Stephanie Candebat
      , Tennessee
      , United States
      , 28 weeks ago
    • Tried twice with it (5 new plants each time). Bought 5 two year ago, last year they never came back after the winter. I'm in zone 6. Then last year, I planted another 5 to replace the dead ones, 2 never came back and 3 just barely have very few leaf near the ground. I babied them and mulched adequately around them for the winter, not much water in summer. I tried everything no luck. Very disappointed and never again with Pugsters. They are complete failure.

      , Michigan
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • I purchased two of these gorgeous plants last fall from a local garden center, they were a deep vivid pink and they smelled amazing, and I had the perfect spot flanking a set of stone stairs. The spots where I planted them are in are in full sun in the early part of the day, and dappled sun then shaded the rest. The one that is slightly more shaded started coming back very early, in late May, and is still blooming in Mid-August. The other one I thought had not survived, but then the first of July small sprouts started to emerge. What is interesting is, these new sprouts are not all coming up as Pugster pink. Of the 4 shoots that sprouted and came up, only one is "Pugster" and the rest are a more purple version. I have also had a few seedlings come up near the other one, and I thought these were supposed to be sterile! well they are not. I am still enjoying them but I do have to monitor the seedlings, transplant them (giving away to family). The reason I liked Pugster was its compact growth. However, what I am getting are about 3 times the height and don't have that wonderful fragrance that the one Pugster has. I am still glad I planted it, and in mid-August, they are both blooming now, though I planted them to flank a stairwell and to match, but they don't. One is still pink but the other is coming in all purple. Oh well, nature finds a way, as someone has said.

      , Tennessee
      , United States
      , 3 years ago
    • I bought this butterfly bush I w as looking for a red color bush but someone showed me this type. I have a question after the blooms are done should i deadhead it so i get new blooms or what? I do not want a butterfly bush looking like no flowers on it. I do not know anything about this type its me.

      kenny krumeich
      , Illinois
      , United States
      , 4 years ago
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