Butterfly bush

Buddleia 'Lochinch'

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Butterfly bush (Buddleia 'Lochinch')
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Synonyms:  Buddleja
Genus:  Butterfly bush
Butterfly bushes are carefree deciduous shrubs that are reliably fragrant and easy to grow. Butterflies swarm to their blooms all summer long. 'Lochinch' has extremely fragrant lilac-blue flowers with orange eyes. It is a cross between B. davidii and B. fallowiana . Its arching, mounded habit typically reaches 3 to 5 feet in one season, but can grow much taller in the deep South. The 8-  to 12-inch-long flower spikes begin in late summer and bloom until frost, starting a little later than the B. davidii cultivars.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Good cut flower. Very fragrant. Vigorous growth.
Care:  Grow in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Cut back to the ground in late winter or early spring.
Propagation:  Root semi-ripe cuttings in summer or sow seed at 66° to 75°F in spring.
Problems:  Fungal leaf spots and diebacks can occur. Buddleia are susceptible to capsid bug, caterpillars, weevils, mullein moth, and spider mites.

Overview

Height
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Spread
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Fast Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Attracts Hummingbirds,
Fragrant Flowers,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Fall,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Blue Flower,
Purple/Lavender Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Style
Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Shrubs

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