Buddleia 'Miss Molly'



Easy to Grow and What a Show

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


Skip Product Specs
Genus Buddleia
Species hybrid
Variety 'Miss Molly'
ppaf PP#23,425
Zone 5 - 9
Bloom Start To End Mid Summer - Late Fall
Habit Upright
Plant Height 5 ft
Plant Width 5 ft - 6 ft
Additional Characteristics Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Fast Growing, Fragrance, Free Bloomer, Hummingbird Lovers, Long Bloomers, Pruning Recommended
Bloom Color Light Burgundy, Magenta, Red
Foliage Color Medium Green
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Dry, Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Cold Hardy, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant
Soil Tolerance Clay, Normal,  loamy, Poor, Sandy
Uses Border, Cut Flowers, Specimen
Restrictions *Due to state restrictions we cannot ship to the following:
Washington, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Virgin Islands, Canada, Guam

Product Review Summary

Based on 3 reviews
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars
Overall Rating: 5.0/5.0

Customer Reviews

May 14, 2019

Good Golly, MIss Molly

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

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.

Marcia from FL
August 09, 2018

Grew quickly and attracts butterflies

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

This was one of our favorites from Wayside. It's getting huge and does attract butterflies.

Beth K from IN
October 15, 2014

Miss Molly is a Winner

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

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.

Becky from GA

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