Plant Type: Perennials
Fabulous, deep purple flower spikes appear on this butterfly bush in mid summer. The outstanding fragrance draws butterflies and hummingbirds to it like a magnet. A deciduous shrub with an arching, spreading habit which will grow up to 5 feet tall if not cut back in late winter. Blooms period last from June to September and sometimes right up to frost. Willowy, gray-green foliage. Perfect for flower bouquets.
Butterfly Bushes have certainly earned their place in the garden over the years, and its easy to see why. Just when we need a breath of fresh air in the late summer heat, they happily burst into bloom. At a time when many other plants are already spent, Buddleias are just beginning their show. Their passive coloring and texture makes a wonderful backdrop for perennials, and you'll love the butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds that flock to their honey-scented blossoms.
Growing & Maintenance Tips:
Buddleias should be planted in a full sun location with fertile, moist, well-drained soil. Studies have shown that adding lime to the soil will result in increased growth and better floral quality. They are also moderately drought tolerant once established. Since they frequently die all the way back to the ground in northern winters, it is best to cut back all of the old wood to about 12" in the spring. Doing so will result in more compact plants. They will quickly grow back to their normal height by fall and will flower just as prolifically in late summer since they bloom on new wood. You may notice that the flowers tend to be longer and deeper colored in cooler weather. Buddleias tend to break dormancy late in the spring, so don't worry if you don't see anything happening with them when your other shrubs start to leaf-out. These are very durable and reliable plants.
Foliage ColorGray green
Plant Spread3-5 ft.
Plant Height3-5 ft.
Soil MoistureLow to average water needs
Characteristics & Attributes
Has showy flowers, Fragrant, Cut flower, Tall border, Backgrounds
Bloom TimeJune to September
Critter ResistanceDeer resistant