Buddleja/Buddleia interspecies hybrid | Butterfly Bush ‘Miss Molly’
These are open-pollinated seeds of the ‘Miss Molly’ Buddleja cultivar, which is a complex inter-species hybrid that’s said to have the truest red flowers on the market yet, and from what we’ve seen, we agree! While not quite a true-red, the flowers are a crazy-bright cerise/magenta color. The plants that grow from these seeds will be variable in color and size, but mostly resembling that of the parent. Germination tests have confirmed their viability.
Butterfly Bushes, also known as Summer Lilacs, are fast-growing, semi-evergreen shrubs that have an upright, stretching habit. Its ability to grow on waste ground, demolition sites, railway-lines and even in the mortar of walls is remarkable. Native to China its natural habitat consists of forest clearings, riverbanks and limestone outcrops. For the healthiest growth it is recommended to soft-prune in late autumn and then hard prune down to your knees in April. Mature Miss Molly plants will reach around 6 ft in height, shorter than straight Davidiis, and will bloom repeatedly if spent flowers are dead-headed. The blooms start in summer and continue on into autumn. The highly aromatic honey-scented flowers are highly attractive to butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, and other pollinators.
‘Miss Molly’ has received the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merritt and is without question one of the brightest and most color-rich Buddlejas on the market today.
The first two photos are seeds of ‘Miss Molly’, and the rest are photos of ‘Miss Molly’.
Sun exposure: Full sun
Mature height: 6 ft
Mature width: 4-5 ft
Hardiness zones: 6- 9