Buddleia 'Miss Molly'

Buddleia 'Miss Molly'
Buddleia 'Miss Molly'

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Easy to Grow and What a Show
SKU v1657
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Key Characteristics

5 - 9

Mature Height

5 Feet

Mature Width

6 Feet

Sun / Shade

Full Sun

Moisture Level

Dry, Moist, well-drained

Soil Type

Normal, loamy, Clay, Sandy, Poor

Description / Buddleia 'Miss Molly'

Good golly, what a beautiful shade of red! The closest we can come to describing it is "sangria," but really it's an ever-changing blend of red, magenta, and burgundy, far and away the closest butterfly bush ever to the true red—that elusive shade of fire-engine—that plantsman have been trying to grow for decades. Simply lovely, it stands out from all others like a beacon in the dark.

These bottlebrush blooms begin in midsummer and continue all the way to frost in the sunny garden, attracting every butterfly, bee, and hummingbird for miles around to come feast. Miss Molly is very free-flowering, so cut all the blooms you like for the vase. There will be more where those came from in no time.

Reaching 5 feet high and 5 to 6 feet wide, Miss Molly grows like crazy, and needs very little attention to continue flowering beautifully year after year. Cut it down to about 6 inches from the ground in late winter and early spring (this improves the branching, which in turn means more flowers) and let it go. There is no easier plant for the sunny garden.

Miss Molly was developed at North Carolina State University by Dennis Werner, who bred it from Buddleia Miss Ruby x Attraction. These two classic varieties assure you that Miss Molly has terrific vigor and flower power

Miss Molly is a Proven Winners® ColorChoice® shrub, so you can be sure it isn't one of those over-hyped greenhouse inventions that fails to perform in the garden. All these plants have been tested in several trial gardens and passed with flying colors.

If you live in a warm climate, you will notice more red tones on the blooms; in cooler areas, they will be more purple. But either way, there's no way to lose with this new powerhouse. Add Miss Molly to the border this season, and watch all the visitors—winged and human—she attracts next summer and fall. Highly recommended.

This variety of Buddleia has been approved as a seedless butterfly bush cultivar and is considered sterile, producing less than two percent viable seeds, so it will not spread. It is approved for sale in all states without restriction. https://www.oregon.gov/ODA/programs/NurseryChristmasTree/Pages/ButterflyBush.aspx

Product Details

Genus Buddleia
Species hybrid
Variety 'Miss Molly'
Plant Patent PP#23,425
Product Classification Shrubs
Habit Upright
USDA Zone Low 5
USDA Zone High 9
Sun / Shade Full Sun
Bloom Color Burgundy, Magenta, Red
Bloom Season Start Mid Summer
Bloom Season End Late Fall
Foliage Color Medium Green
Resistance Cold Hardy, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant
Special Features Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Fast Growing, Fragrance, Free Bloomer, Hummingbird Lovers, Long Bloomers, Pruning Recommended
Uses Border, Cut Flowers, Specimen
Zone 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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Customer Reviews

Good Golly, MIss Molly
Review by Marcia
I purchased two a month ago. They arrived in great shape, and they have already started producing flowers despite being only 18" tall! I have grown buddleia for years and look forward to watching these mature. The color is more wine than red.
Grew quickly and attracts butterflies
Review by Beth K
This was one of our favorites from Wayside. It's getting huge and does attract butterflies.
Miss Molly is a Winner
Review by Becky
Bought one plant a couple of years ago (can't remember the size). First year it grew beautifully to about 5 feet tall and bloomed all summer. Next year I didn't prune and it got to about 8 feet. Pruned last winter and it's now about 8 feet tall again. Flowers all summer and to the first frost. Of course, butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds love it. It's always covered with butterflies of some sort. Plant it in your sunniest spot and forget about it. We haven't had to water it at all since the earliest days, and haven't fertilized it either.

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