Buddleia alternifolia Argentea

Silver Spring Blooming Butterfly Bush

 

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Stunningly different and showy, few shrubs can rival this outstanding selection. Silver foliage with long, cascading panicles of lavender-purple flowers are sweetly fragrant and attract many colorful pollinators, especially the tiger swallowtails. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). 8-12' x 8-12' wide

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Regular Price: $12.99

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per plant - 5" deep pot You save: 20%
Zones 5 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40", 40 to 50"
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Shipping Shipping begins in late February based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first. More shipping info Learn More…
Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU HBLNF51
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8-12' x 8-12' wide. 1998 Plant Select® Winner. Stunningly different and showy, few shrubs can rival this outstanding selection. The long, cascading panicles of lavender-purple flowers are sweetly fragrant and attract many colorful pollinators, especially the tiger swallowtails. The silver foliage keeps it interesting when the flowers are gone. A big grower, plant it where it can stretch its branches. Not for sale to OR and WA.
SKU HBLNF51
Common Name Silver Spring Blooming Butterfly Bush
Botanical Name Buddleia alternifolia Argentea
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Purple, Silver
Mature Height 8-12 ft. tall
Mature Spread 8-12 ft. wide
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40", 40 to 50"
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Bee Friendly, Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Prohibited In Oregon, Washington
Ideal Region Northeast, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Growing Shrubs and Small Trees:
The shrubs and trees we sell are 1-2 year-old seedlings. These young plants appreciate some extra attention during their first 3 years in your landscape.

    Preferred growing conditions:
  • Check each species soil preferences before planting. Some do well in clay while others do not.
  • Mulch with common mulching materials. As they get larger (2 ft. or more in height), thicken the mulch layer to a depth of 2-3 inches.
  • Even xeric (waterwise) species will establish better and grow more quickly when given regular irrigation during the first 3 years in the garden. As they begin to reach maturity, watering frequency can be reduced to a good deep soaking every 10 to 14 days during the heat of summer.
  • Plant in full sun or part sun depending on plant preference.
  • Dig a wide but shallow hole and enrich the soil with ample amounts of compost and Yum Yum. This will help them to grow and mature more quickly.
  • Special comments:
  • Most native shrubs and trees are highly recommended for providing wildlife habitat (nesting spots, fruit or seeds for songbirds and mammals, nectar for pollinators).
  • They are excellent for use to grow as natural (un-sheared!) hedges along fences, property lines and driveways. They live for many years once established.
  • Garden Care:
  • Fertilize in the fall with Yum Yum Mix and good quality compost. This is most important during the first 3 years in the landscape. Established plants don't need to be fertilized (unless growth is stunted by extremely poor soils).
  • Where browsing animals (rabbits, deer and others) are a problem, it is advisable to protect young plants with a wire cage. These can be removed after 3-4 years in the ground.
  • Mulching is essential to maintain the soil moisture these woody plants need to establish their deep growing roots. Be sure and replenish the mulch in fall and summer to keep it sufficiently deep.

  • View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

Shipping

Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Spring-Planted Perennial and Bulb orders will ship from February 27-June 30, warmest zones first. Most plant orders will arrive within 3-4 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

Grass Plugs Will ship at planting time in spring 2017, beginning in late February.

Wildflower Seed & Grass Seed Orders ship within 2-3 days.

Standard shipping costs are $4.99 and up, depending on the size of the order.

Make Fast Even Faster: For ‘Rush’ same week delivery, please call customer service at 800-925-9387.

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2.8

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3.0

Second try for this plant!

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from Boise, ID

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    • Small In Size

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Buddleia alternifolia Argentea:

    Don't yet know how to rate this plant...I have tried to grow it before and it just died. This time, because it was such a small plant, I grew it in good soil in a large pot all summer. It didn't grow much, but did put out a little bloom...and hoping for good root growth! I planted it in the garden in September, and am hoping for the best for next year!!!!

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    1.0

    One of my failures

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    from southern Colorado

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    • grasshoppers ate it

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Buddleia alternifolia Argentea:

    One of my losses; It was not what I would call a robust plant when delivered, planted in amended heavy clay where it was a slow starter but seemed to rally and then grasshoppers ate it (it was protected) and it never recovered. HCG sent a replacement which I planted in a large planter but it did not make it either. Sigh. Some things are not meant to be.

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    2.0

    Hoping for a better group this year!

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    from Loveland Colorado

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      • Flimsy
      • Small In Size

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Buddleia alternifolia Argentea:

      I called when I received my order in 2016 and let the staff know that they were in very poor shape and that they probably should ship me new ones. No they said, the plants would come back. They did not come back after a month of trying everything. When I called I was told that you were out of stock and to call back later. I kept calling and it was not until just before Christmas that I was able to order additional plants. I explained the history of the bad history and hat I hoped I would get better ones this time.

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      I am recommending high country Gardens to a friend only because I believe I will get better plants this year. I believe this because the service person sounded very empathetic to my situation when I ordered The plant replacements for 2017.

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      5.0

      First year in the Treasure Valley in Idaho is going well!

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      from Caldwell, Idaho

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        The plant was small when it arrived but grew a lot in the first season. I am eager to see how it looks this spring.

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        USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

        To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

        • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
        • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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