Buddleia Miss Ruby
Buddleja is a genus of about 100 species of mainly shrubs but also some trees and climbers. They are native to Asia, Africa and North and South America. Commonly called butterfly bush they are very attractive to butterflies and other pollinators. Genus name honors the Reverend Adam Buddle (1660-1715), English botanist and vicar of Farmbridge in Essex. The genus name is frequently listed today as Buddleia. However, Linnaeus named the genus Buddleja (pronounced with a silent “j”) which is still considered to be the proper spelling (first name survives) according to the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature. Common name refers to its attraction to butterflies. ‘Miss Ruby’ is the second cultivar to be released to commerce in a new miniature butterfly bush series named LO AND BEHOLD (the first was 'Blue Chip'). This series is being developed at the JC Raulston Arboretum in North Carolina. Plants with additional flower colors are expected to be introduced in this series in the future. 'Miss Ruby' plants grow in manageable, well-branched mounds to only 2-3' tall in one year, but feature bright, reddish-pink flowers in spike-like terminal and axillary clusters. Flowers bloom continuously from June to September and sometimes to first frost. Flowers are fragrant, and, as the common name suggests, very attractive to butterflies. Willowy, elliptic leaves are gray-green. 'Miss Ruby' is a hybrid resulting from a cross between B. 'White Ball' (seed parent) and B. 'Attraction' (pollen parent). U.S. Plant Patent Applied For (PPAF).