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Butterfly bush

Buddleia 'Lochinch'

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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 CharacteristicsGood cut flower. Very fragrant. Vigorous growth.

CareGrow in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Cut back to the ground in late winter or early spring.

PropagationRoot semi-ripe cuttings in summer or sow seed at 66° to 75°F in spring.

ProblemsFungal leaf spots and diebacks can occur. Buddleia are susceptible to capsid bug, caterpillars, weevils, mullein moth, and spider mites.

  • Genus : Butterfly bush
  • Zones : 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 6 to 10 feet
  • Plant Width : 6 to 10 feet
  • Characteristics : Attracts Hummingbirds, Fragrant Flowers
  • Bloom Time : Fall, Late Summer, Summer
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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