Buddleja hybrid 'Ice Chip'

Lo & Behold® Ice Chip Dwarf Butterfly Bush

Newly planted

Newly planted

Patents: PPAF

Family: Scrophulariaceae

Genus: Buddleja

Category: Shrub - Deciduous

Zones: 5 to 9

Size: To 1.5' tall and 3' wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun


Extremely compact habit probably wider than tall. Dark green foliage and small white flower panicles starting in June and continuing through the summer. Prefers well-drained soil, full sun and adequate moisture. Attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies.


Developed by Dennis Werner at NC State University and marketed by Spring Meadow as part of the Lo & Behold® series. From patent application (11/07/2011):

The new and distinct variety of butterfly bush resulted from a formal breeding program established by the inventors in Raleigh, N.C., United States. One of the objectives of the breeding program was to develop a dwarf, spreading Buddleja with white flowers. 'Ice Chip' was selected at a research station in Jackson Springs, N.C. in 2006 from a population of 357 seedling progeny derived from a hand pollinated cross of 'Blue Chip'... the other parent of 'Ice Chip', is a hybrid of 'White Ball'×'Nanho Purple'. 'Nanho Purple' is a variety derived from Buddleja davidii var. nanhoensis. 'White Ball' is a complex hybrid, presumably containing B. davidii and B. fallowiana.


My Experience: 

I purchased a 1-gallon plant at Thomas's Orchards in October 2013 and planted it in the One Of Everything garden. It dwindled and died in the winter.

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