Butterfly Bushes
Favorite Butterfly Nectar Flower

Butterfly Bush

Butterfly Bushes (Buddleia davidii)

The beautiful tubular, nectar-rich flowers (6 to 24" panicles) of this bush have a wonderful scent! They come in a variety of colors....purple, light blue, lavender, reddish-lavender, pink, white, or golden-yellow. The foliage is gray green to blue green with a white underside and emerges late in spring.

They can get to be quite large, up to 8' tall and 8' wide....smaller in the north 5'x 5'.... and are fast growers. They can be invasive, especially in the wet areas of the Northwest U.S.

They like a position with full sun, if possible and are fairly forgiving surviving heat, drought and high humidity.

Buddleia blooms from July through frost and beyond in warmer climates. Deadhead (remove the flowers) for best flowering.

The hardiness zone for Buddleia is zone 5 - 11 and it can survive year-round in zones 9-11. I have tried growing butterfly bush in my zone 4 garden, but haven't had much luck with it surviving very long.

Butterfly Bush Pruning

Pruning of Buddleia should take place in late winter or early spring. Cut down close to the ground, removing all dead branches and cut above shoots if there are any visible. Flowers are on new growth, so even in zones 9-11 it is a good idea to cut them once a year.

Varieties or Cultivars of Buddleia davidii

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  • Buddleia davidii Royal Red - one of the best varieties, heavy flowering, intense deep color
  • Buddleia davidii Black Knight - dark purple, almost black flowers
  • Buddleia harlequin - reddish purple blossoms, variegated foliage
  • Buddleia davidii Pink Delight - more compact plant (4-6') with deep pink flowers
  • Honeycomb - also called summer lilac, has yellow flowers
  • More varieties include Peacock, White, Blue and Bi- color
  • Buddleia alternifolia - unusual, up to 12' tall, large lavender flower spikes bloom in the spring, pruning Buddleia alternifolia is done after blooming not in late winter like the rest of the cultivars...it blooms on previous season's growth

Buy Buddleia Butterfly Plants

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If you are looking for cheap Buddleia Bushes, I found a great source for low prices on butterfly garden plants. Just click on the link under the photo for detailed information on these low prices.

Royal Red Butterfly Bush
Royal Red

Pink Delight Butterfly Bush
Black Knight

 White Butterfly Bush

Blue Butterfly Bush

Royal Red Butterfly Bush

Pink Delight Butterfly Bush

Would you like to try some Buddleia in your garden? Below are seeds and plants available for purchase. Click on a photo or name for more detailed information.

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