Buddleia species (Butterfly Bush)

The showy flowers on this shrub are much loved by its namesake, the butterfly. It prefers well-drained soil and a once to twice weekly watering regime. The felty leaves are green above, gray below. Flowers appear in June-July on last year’s growth; prune out oldest wood to the ground. Flowers are 6-12 in. long in shades of blue, purple, lilac, pink and white.

  • Alternifolia (Fountain Buddleia) — 12 ft. tall by 8 ft. wide; fragrant lilac flowers (can train as tree)
  • Davidii (Summer Lilac) — grows 10 ft. tall by 8 ft. wide; fragrant; various colors
Category:  Shrubs
Water Use:  Moderate
Sun Exposure:  Full Sun
Height x Spread:  10-12 ft. x 8 ft.
Native:  No
Color:  Blue, purple, pink, white
Bees:  Yes
Birds:  No
Butterflies:  Yes
Cut Flower:  No
Utility Tree:  No
Extra Maintenance:  Yes
Soil:  N/A
Fall Color:  No
Bloom Time:  Summer