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Buddleia 'Lochinch' (Butterfly bush, Summer lilac)

Buddleia 'Lochinch' Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Buddleia 'Lochinch' BUD-lee-ah Common Name: Butterfly bush, Summer lilac Synonyms: Buddleja Genus: Buddleia
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.
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, Fall Interest
Type Shrubs

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