Buddleja Lo & Behold 'Ice Chip'

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Buddleja hybrid
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Cultivar 'Ice Chip'
Origin Sandhills Research Station, Jackson Springs, NC, USA.

Buddleja 'Ice Chip' (Lo & Behold series) is a sterile hybrid cultivar derived from the crossing of 'Blue Chip' and cultivar no. NC2002-12 ('White Ball' × Nanho Purple), by Dr Dennis Werner and Layne Snelling at the Sandhills Research Station [1], Jackson Springs, North Carolina, in 2006 and released by NCSU in 2011. [1]

Description[edit]

'Ice Chip' is possibly the world's first groundcover buddleja, growing outwards to more than double its diminutive height of 0.5 m. The shrub has a dense, rounded structure owing to the development of numerous lateral branches. The fragrant inflorescences are small terminal panicles, 8 cm in length, comprising < 130 white flowers, greyish-yellow within the corolla tube. The anthers either absent or malformed and thus incapable of pollination, while the flowers are also female-sterile so produce no seeds. The mature leaves are elliptic, 7.5 cm long by 2.5 cm wide, green above and grey-green below.[1]

Cultivation[edit]

'Ice Chip' is marketed in the USA by Proven Winners LLC, Illinois; it has been introduced to Europe (2013) and marketed as 'White Chip'.[1] USDA zones 5–7.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Werner, D. & Snelling, L. K. (2011). 'Purple Haze', 'Miss Molly', and 'Ice Chip' Buddleja. HortScience Vol. 46, no. 9, 1330-1332.