The Miss Ruby Butterfly Bush (Buddleja ‘Miss Ruby’ Plant Patent #19,950; Can. Plant Breeders Rights #3603) Care Guide


The Miss Ruby Butterfly Bush, otherwise known as the Buddleja ‘Miss Ruby’ Plant Patent #19,950; Can. Plant Breeders Rights #3603 or Butterfly Bush ‘Black Knight’, Summer Lilac ‘Black Knight’, is a rather well known shrub plant by gardening enthusiasts around the world.

Best known for its low maintenance and fast growth, this shrub will likely liven up your house (or garden) with its green colored leaves. But, only if you learn how to take proper care of it for it to thrive.

Fortunately, taking care of your Miss Ruby Butterfly Bush is not too difficult – as long as you follow our guidelines in this Miss Ruby Butterfly Bush Care Guide. Now let’s get started.

In order to take proper care of your Miss Ruby Butterfly Bush you’ll need to keep in mind the following guidelines:

  • Water: The Miss Ruby Butterfly Bush will thrive with weekly watering, or more during extreme heat conditions, to maintain evenly moist soil.
  • Light: Keep your Buddleja ‘Miss Ruby’ Plant Patent #19,950; Can. Plant Breeders Rights #3603 in an environment where it can receive full sun on a daily basis. 
  • Soil: Make sure to keep the Miss Ruby Butterfly Bush in soil with moist but well-draining to well draining properties, so ideally, one that is made of clay, loam, chalk, and sand.

And that’s practically it! If you keep these three factors in check, your Miss Ruby Butterfly Bush will likely have all it needs for it to survive and even thrive.

Miss Ruby Butterfly Bush care

Scientific / Botanical Aspects

In botanical terms, the Miss Ruby Butterfly Bush belongs to the Scrophulariaceae family, the genus Buddleja and the species Davidi, hence its scientific (or botanical) name Buddleja ‘Miss Ruby’ Plant Patent #19,950; Can. Plant Breeders Rights #3603 (BUD-lee-uh).

As with other Buddleja’s, the Miss Ruby Butterfly Bush is a deciduous plant, which means it will shed its leaves annually once autumn comes.

Growing Region

The Miss Ruby Butterfly Bush is a plant native to the Tibet to S. Central China.

As a rule of thumb, we recommend to always keep in mind your plants’ native region and environment, since these are the conditions that your Miss Ruby Butterfly Bush is most accustomed to, thus where it can most favorably.

With this in mind, the Buddleja ‘Miss Ruby’ Plant Patent #19,950; Can. Plant Breeders Rights #3603 will be most used to the heat zones in the 1 – 9 region, as the plant hardiness level falls between 5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a and the ideal climate zone is between 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1.

Growth and Size

Growth

In terms of size and growth, the Miss Ruby Butterfly Bush is a relatively fast grower, which makes things tricky for any plant enthusiast.

Size

But, what size of Miss Ruby Butterfly Bush are we talking about? What can you expect in terms of height, spread and spacing? Let’s dig in…

The Buddleja ‘Miss Ruby’ Plant Patent #19,950; Can. Plant Breeders Rights #3603 can grow up to 5′ – 8′ (150cm – 240cm) in 5′ – 8′ (150cm – 240cm) and 4′ – 6′ (120cm – 180cm) in 4′ – 6′ (120cm – 180cm). 

These dimensions make the Miss Ruby Butterfly Bush a relatively large shrub compared to others, so it’s best to keep this fact in mind since it will affect where you want to keep yours at home.

Also, expect it to grow in a wonderful rounded shape, which is something worthwhile to remember when making your garden landscape plans.

This is why experts recommend keeping an area of approximately 72″ (180cm) free so the Miss Ruby Butterfly Bush can spread to its best extent.

Water

In terms of watering, the Miss Ruby Butterfly Bush is a fairly simple plant to take care of.

This is mostly because it has a straightforward watering schedule and somewhat regular watering needs.

Specifically, most experts agree that the Buddleja ‘Miss Ruby’ Plant Patent #19,950; Can. Plant Breeders Rights #3603 will thrive with weekly watering, or more during extreme heat conditions, to maintain evenly moist soil.

Which is why it is considered a plant with relatively average needs in terms of water. 

Miss Ruby Butterfly Bush buds

Watering

As a rule of thumb, you should remember to keep your Miss Ruby Butterfly Bush in soil with moist but well-draining to well draining characteristics, as these will guarantee the right conditions for your plant to grow and thrive. 

When you consider this, this is why you should aim to choose soil that has good drainage, and occasionally wet properties to keep the right moisture levels at all times. 

In our experience, the famous ‘thumb’ or ‘finger’ test is what works best for the Miss Ruby Butterfly Bush since with it, you will be able to give it the right amount of water, every time – regardless of the environment or placement where you do decide to keep it.

Soil Mix

As mentioned earlier, the Miss Ruby Butterfly Bush prefers to have soil with good drainage, and occasionally wet properties at all times, reason why you need to make the soil mix out of clay, loam, chalk, and sand.

This is why most experts agree that the Miss Ruby Butterfly Bush requires soil with sand, and shallow rocky, which will give you the right conditions it needs.

In addition to this, expert gardeners recommend having preferably alkaline, acid or neutral soil.

Light and Exposure

In terms of light & exposure, the Miss Ruby Butterfly Bush requires full sun in order for it to thrive under the right conditions. 

Most experts agree that this shrub will do well as long as you keep it in full sun, and it will be able to grow properly.

Specifically, we recommend that you place your Buddleja ‘Miss Ruby’ Plant Patent #19,950; Can. Plant Breeders Rights #3603 in full and direct sun (more than 6 hours of direct sunlight per day).

Season

Being a deciduous plant, the Miss Ruby Butterfly Bush will shed its leaves annually once autumn comes.

But, you can expect it to have its ‘prime-time’ during the summer (mid, late), and during the fall.

Flowers

You can expect your Miss Ruby Butterfly Bush to flower around the spring and in the summer months from April to June (spring), and from July to September (summer).

In particular, this shrub is well known for its fragrant, flowers for cutting and showy flowers around the plant enthusiast community.

The Miss Ruby Butterfly Bush produces some beautiful purplish-pink, or purple/lavender, gold/yellowpink, and white flowers around this time of year.

Foliage

The leaves from the Miss Ruby Butterfly Bush have a beautiful green color during most of the year.

In particular, they have a simple arrangement with a opposite organization in its leaves.

You can expect the leaves from your Buddleja ‘Miss Ruby’ Plant Patent #19,950; Can. Plant Breeders Rights #3603 to be around (3-6 inches) in size.

Miss Ruby Butterfly Bush and butterfly

Attracts, Tolerance and Resistance

The Miss Ruby Butterfly Bush is well known for being able to attract hummingbirds and butterflies, so keep that in mind when choosing your plant, as you’ll likely end up finding one or another in your garden.

Additionally, it has a special tolerance for clay soil, drought and animals like rabbit and deer, so don’t worry if any of these come along, your Buddleja ‘Miss Ruby’ Plant Patent #19,950; Can. Plant Breeders Rights #3603 will be fine.

Garden

Now, let’s talk garden and how your Miss Ruby Butterfly Bush will look best in it.

Most Buddleja ‘Miss Ruby’ Plant Patent #19,950; Can. Plant Breeders Rights #3603 owners agree that this shrub will look great in most cottage and mediterranean gardens of all types. 

Other owners consider that they complement well most gardens of informal and cottage, and in prairie and meadow styles. 

In particular, the Miss Ruby Butterfly Bush’s best location within your garden is in beds and borders, others use it for landscaping in a cutting garden, specimen, container, mass planting, or a wildlife garden.

Conclusion

So that’s it! These are the main plant care requirements that you need to keep in mind in order to have a healthy Miss Ruby Butterfly Bush in your garden or home.

Martin Duran

Hey y'all! My name is Martin Duran and I am from Cali, Colombia. Since 2018 I have been learning about plants and how to take care of them. Here's is my journey... “The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” ― John Muir

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