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Buddleia - The 'Butterfly Bush'

If you are looking for a plant that attracts both Butterfly's, Hummingbirds and Bees then Buddleia is very high on the list. However with many varieties to choose from the birds and the bees and the butterfly's will be spoiled for choice.

With long arching stems, good green foliage and flowers that begin in spring and continue through summer into fall, Buddleia put on a long lasting show in the garden.

The flowers themselves hang in rather graceful panicles, ranging in color from white through to pinks and purples, and yellow as well.

A drought tolerant plant once established, they not only attract wildlife, but are also a great plant for hot sunny positions. Deer resistant, easy to prune and of course fragrant flowers all through spring into summer.

Varieties

Many varieties are available for sale, and Buddleia do well in Zones 4-10 depending on cultivar. Buddleia davidii and Buddleia alternifiolia are the two most popular species. We consider Buddleja fallowiana 'Lochinch' to be equally as good as any
  • Flowers range from white to blue/mauve through to red but look for Buddleia Bi-Color for an interesting and different look.
  • Buddleia 'White Ball' and 'White Profusion' are well known white plants.
  • Buddleia 'Silver Anniversary' has great silvery foliage.
  • Buddleia asiatica 'Spring Promise' has rather delicate flowers.
  • Buddleia salviifolia is known as 'South African Sage Wood'.
  • New 'dwarf' or low growing cultivars are now available for sale online, these Buddlias will grow to 1/3 of the size of normal plants, look for Buddleia davidii 'Pyrkeep', 'Purple Emperor' and Buddleia davidii 'empire blue'.
  • Cultivars such as Buddleia 'royal red' and Buddleia 'black night' are also popular.

 

Pruning

The best time to prune Buddleia is in spring, wait for the frost to go.

  • You will need loppers.
  • You can simply prune back into last years growth, as long as you leave some viable shoots.
  • Older wood can be pruned right away.
  • If you try pruning back into very old wood, the chances are it will not shoot, however this will not really harm the plant. Any stems that do not reshooot can simply be lopped right off later on.

Where to Buy

Buddleia Plants are available for sale from the following nurseries.

BLUESTONE PERENNIALS
Offering a wide selection of bulbs, perennials, grasses, herbs trees and shrubs. Includes: Buddleia
www.bluestoneperennials.com

SEQUIM RARE PLANTS
500 N. Sequim Ave. Sequim, WA 98382
Small mail order nursery with a very interesting range of perennials and other plants.