Miss Molly Butterfly Bush
|Soil Type||Well Drained|
|Mature Height||4-5 Feet|
|Mature Width||4-5 Feet|
|Shipping Restriction||AZ, OR, WA|
What a stunner! The Miss Molly Butterfly Bush also known as a summer lilac is a tidy rounded shrub that produces a bounty of deep pink elongated flower clusters for months. From July until frost this perennial shrub adds exciting color to your landscape. Miss Molly is fast growing, but compact. The mature size is 5 feet tall and wide.
- Vivid pink-red blooms. Miss Molly offers superb color unlike any other butterfly bush.
- Long bloom season. From mid summer to late fall the Miss Molly Butterfly Bush continuously produces gorgeous blooms.
- Low maintenance. This shrub is deer and disease resistant and drought tolerant once established.
- Fast growing. It can take as little as two seasons for Miss Molly to reach her mature height of 4 to 5 feet.
- Refined habit. This butterfly bush's round shape is uniquely and naturally clean and trim. No pruning required!
Pro tip: If you are concerned about the invasive nature of some butterfly bushes, Miss Molly is a great choice for you. This buddleia is non-invasive; the flowers are sterile.
Where Should I Plant A Miss Molly Butterfly Bush?
Pick a spot that has full sun exposure and well drained soil in grow zones 5-9. This shrub is perfect for small groupings to foundation and mass plantings to mixed beds and containers.
How To Deadhead A Butterfly Bush
Deadheading is important to remove spent flowers and encourage new growth. Spent buds will give your shrub a messy look, use scissors or pruners and cut as close as possible to the the base of the flower stems and remove any flowers that have already bloomed so we can make space for the new blooms.
How To Winterize This Bush
Bring your potted butterfly bush indoors to protect it from colder winter winds. For your outdoor bushes, spread a 2-3 inch layer of mulch over the roots to maintain moisture and protect the roots system from freezing.
When planting your Butterfly Bush be sure you have the right location and conditions for your new shrub to thrive. Spring and fall are ideal times to plant. However, if you avoid freezing and hot temperatures you can plant almost any time of the year.
Butterfly bushes tolerate full sun to part shade and are adaptable to any soil that drains well. If your soil is nutrient rich your Butterfly bush will not require fertilizer. Fertilize in early spring and when planting if your soil is nutrient poor. Choose a balanced slow release fertilizer. Keep the soil moist when your plant is newly planted, but otherwise Butterfly bushes are drought tolerant and only require watering during dry, hot periods. Butterfly bushes don't require pruning, but if you would like to maintain size, these shrubs tolerate heavy pruning. In cooler climates where this shrub acts more like a perennial, trim within a couple inches of the ground in late winter or early spring. Mulching is a good choice especially in colder regions to protect the roots from freezing temperatures.
The Miss Molly Summer Lilac is a versatile and hardy plant. From small groupings to foundation and mass plantings to mixed beds and containers, this plant brings distinctive charm and bold color to your home and landscape.
Learn when to prune your flowering shrubs.
For additional options, be sure to check out our Butterfly Bush collection.