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PlantFiles: Butterfly Bush, Summer Lilac
Buddleja 'Ellen's Blue'

Family: Buddlejaceae
Genus: Buddleja (BUD-lee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Ellen's Blue


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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Medium Blue

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 16, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Buddleia 'Ellen's Blue' BUTTERFLY BUSH Dec (z5) (Bfly,Cut,Fra)
Large clusters (a bouquet all by themselves!) of some of the deepest, truest blue Buddleia flowers are complemented by the handsome grey-green foliage of this 5-6'shrub. Sun/Med

Positive Marilynbeth On Nov 17, 2006, Marilynbeth from Hebron, KY wrote:

Love the color! I got this for the first time this Summer and the BF's love it too! Of all my Butterfly Bushes (have about a doz. different ones), this one is the one they flock to most of the time! I try a keep my Butterfly Bushes deadheaded for them and also to keep them blooming for me. I keep most of the Bushes pinched back so they stay more compact.

I just read today (11/20/06) that the flowers get bluer the bigger it gets, so I try not to pinch it back next year. Interesting.

Positive TerriFlorida On Oct 3, 2003, TerriFlorida from Plant City, FL wrote:

'Ellen's Blue' is a really nice probably hybrid buddleia, well-behaved, and with that soft medium blue that's so wonderful in any garden. It is very fragrant, and a butterfly favorite. I planted it nearly a year ago, and it is 4' tall and a bit wider after light pruning a month ago, just removing old blooms. Buddleias tend to be shorter-lived down here in central Florida, so I am interested to see how long this one will stay. I have only grown B. daividii before. Wish me luck!


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Richmond, California
Plant City, Florida
Savannah, Georgia
Hebron, Kentucky
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
North Augusta, South Carolina
Clinton, Tennessee
Cosby, Tennessee
El Paso, Texas
Missouri City, Texas
Puyallup, Washington
Seattle, Washington

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