Butterfly bush

Buddleia davidii

Buddleia davidii 'Peacock'
Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of White Flower Farm
Buddleia davidii  'Cornwall Blue'
Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of White Flower Farm
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Butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii)
BUD-lee-ah dah-VID-ee-eye
Genus:  Buddleia
This sun-lover comes in hues from pure white to deepest purple. From midsummer until frost, butterfly bush earns its name as hordes of winged beauties flit from flower to flower in search of nectar. The lanceolate leaves are 10 to 12 inches long and white or grayish underneath. The honey-scented flowers are deep purple and grow in spikes, from July to October.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  This plant and its hybrids attract butterflies and bees greatly and are valuable shrubs for town and suburban gardens and for seaside planting. Listed as a weed in some parts of the U.S. and Canada.
Care:  Cut back hard in spring. Hardy below Zone 6, but most aerial portions will winter kill and need to be hard pruned in spring.
Propagation:  Cuttings that are made from half-ripe or semi-woody side shoots, 5 or 6 inches long, can be inserted in a closed cold frame, or outside under a hand light in July or early August.
Problems:  Capsid bug, caterpillars, weevils, mullein moth and spider mites. Fungal leaf spot and dieback are possible.

Overview

Height
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Spread
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Invasive/Aggressive Grower,
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Attracts Hummingbirds,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Fall,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Orange/Salmon Flower,
Purple/Lavender Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant
Type
Shrubs

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