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Pugster Amethyst butterfly bush covered in spiky purple flowers
Closeup view of one of the very large purple inflorescences of Pugster Amethyst butterfly bush
Two Pugster Amethyst butterfly bushes blooming in a sunny garden
Pugster Amethyst butterfly bush being grown in a container on a patio
Three Pugster Amethyst butterfly bushes next to a sidewalk. Plants are covered in purple flower spikes.

Buddleia Pugster® Amethyst - Butterfly Bush

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A small plant with big impact!

Pugster Amethyst butterfly bush is a versatile, space-saving dwarf variety with big, beautiful blooms of clear amethyst purple. Each one is dotted with a cute yellow eye in the center and emits the sweetest honey scent. You'll love it, but not as much as the butterflies it attracts, and they flock to it by the score. 

Pugster butterfly bushes also offer thick, sturdy stems that give them better ability to withstand cold weather, too, so they're an ideal choice for gardeners in USDA zone 5.

A Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Flowering Shrub. Cannot be shipped to OR or WA.

Vital details:

Size: 2' tall and wide

Light: full sun (6+ hrs/day)

Hardiness: USDA zone 5-9 (Find your hardiness zone)

Pollinator value: attracts adult butterflies of many species; also attracts hummingbird moths

Notable features: fragrant, deer resistant, drought tolerant, long blooming, deadheading not required.

Plant name: Pugster® Amethyst Buddleia davidii ‘SMNBDL’ pp#30,236, CBRAF

 For complete growing details, click on over to our garden guide.

Customer Reviews

Based on 15 reviews
victoria M.
Great little plant

I really appreciated your instructions that accompanied the Pugsters. I read it carefully and followed the suggestions and -voila!- they bloomed and are doing very well. Plants arrived in good condition and are establishing their roots before the frost sets in. Can't wait to see them pop next spring!

Jason B.
Excellent plants and customer service

I ordered two of these Butterfly Bushes. When they arrived one looked ok, but the other one nearly all the leaves had wilted and fallen off. I emailed the company and they quickly. After a few days of watching the plant to see if would recover, but it died completely. They quickly sent a replacement (two actually) the replacements were in excellent condition and I have plants now that are flourishing.
This is one of three orders I have placed with Great Garden Plants over the past few months, my other two orders were for six plants each, arrived in excellent condition and are also doing fantastic. The customer service is excellent and matches the quality of the product.

Travis O.

Amazing quality and very well packaged. You can't realize the quality of this plant unless you have received very poor quality. Ordered five from a dealer on ETSY and they can't compare to this plant, one was 2 1/2 inches tall which should have been a Pugster Amethyst but has bloomed twice and all white. All five plants had a fungus and required several treatments with a fungicide but now all clear. This plant has 5 buds ready to bloom and extremely healthy. Wilted a little from the trip but will improve as I have all four plants that I received in a shaded area. Will order from this company many times. THANKS

Smaller than expected, but still nice!

I'll be curious to see if they reach the 2' x 2' that the website indicates. They weren't much over 6" tall when we planted them. They did each yield ONE branch with SMALL purple flowers. But nothing outstanding. Hopefully, next summer they will flourish and produce more flowers.

Andrea W.

So far so good!