“Good golly, Miss Molly. How beautiful you are.”
That’s just the response one of my Facebook followers wrote upon seeing my post.
This was a statement of awe about one of the best butterfly bushes in the market and not my incredible photo of a pipevine swallowtail feeding on it. But that’s OK, Pat — I agree with you!
Miss Molly reaches 4 to 5 feet tall and 4 to 5 feet wide, perhaps a little taller in the South. The flowers are various shades of red depending on your zone.
Some call it a wine or sangria red. At The Garden Guy’s house, it is a most beautiful, festive red, and in a strange occurrence, I have two of them. I never plant two of anything, but I digress.
Let’s get to a meaty issue really quick. In the Pacific Northwest, it has been determined that the butterfly bush is invasive. A few other states have such declarations.
Miss Molly, however, is NOT invasive and has been approved for sale in Oregon and Washington. I am presuming it is the fear of a widespread promotion of butterfly bushes there that has made it mandatory that Miss Molly be sold under the name “Summer Lilac.” This is perfectly fine to me, as Miss Molly has the fragrance of a rare perfume. The point is you can plant Miss Molly anywhere from zones 5a to 9a without fear of unwanted spread.
Miss Molly will offer everything you have been looking for — nice shape and size, and rare colorful blooms packed with butterflies. I have planted mine in a bed with the dwarf Pugster butterfly…