Butterfly bush a popular feature PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 28 June 2012 09:29
This large butterfly bush thrives at the home of Preacher Dan and Bonnie Horner in the Ashbury Hills subdivision of Bowling Green. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
One of the most popular plants which is easy to grow and has a benefit of attracting butterflies is aptly named the butterfly bush.
The butterfly bush is a large, arching shrub that produces masses of flowers in midsummer to fall. Flower colors include blue, pink, red, violet, yellow, and white, and the shrub grows five- to 10-foot tall and wide, depending on the variety. Butterfly bushes grow well in shrub or perennial borders, and the fragrant flowers can be used for cutting.
Some are known to grow as high as 16-feet. Though considered a shrub, there are those which qualify as trees, which have been known to reach a towering height of 98 feet.
The genus for most butterly bushes is Buddleia davidii, which generally max out at a 12-foot height. There are many cultivars and exact plant characteristics will vary. Growing conditions will also have an impact on the plant's mature size.
Ideal conditions include full sun and moist, well-drained soil.

Details of the butterfly bush

Description: They are profuse bloomers with gray-green to dark green leaves and large, fragrant 6-8" long flower heads that are very attractive to butterflies.  It is also called "Summer lilac"
Botanical Name: Buddleia
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Attributes: Pest tolerant, good for naturalizing, attracts birds, hummingbirds and butterflies. Considered mostly allergy free. Deer resistant.
Pests:  A caterpillar may eat foliage occasionally
Care:  For best flowering, cut back to entire bush in early spring to about 1/3 of its original height.   Division is not recommended.  You may want to pinch back new growth to generate more branching.
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 June 2012 09:38

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