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Butterfly Bush is likely the best nectar source for butterflies! It comes in many
colors and commercial varieties. Royal Red, Black Knight, Profusion White, Pink Delight, Alba,
Claret Purple/lle de France and
Nanho Purple are some of the better known varieties. Needs well drained soil.
In colder areas it will die back to the ground in the winter.
Can be pruned back each spring after the last freeze to keep it a smaller size. Deadheading
the dead flower spikes throughout the blooming season will encourage more blooms.
Even though butterfly bushes are not native to my area (North American, midwest) they are such a great nectar source
that I have a few growing in my garden. I do try to grow mostly plants native to this area - but butterfly bushes
are one of the major exceptions I make to that rule!
Where to buy Butterfly Bushes
Butterfly Bushes can be bought from pretty much any local nursery. Their selection of varieties may be
Nature Hills Nursery is a good online source for ordering. Or if you don't want to order
from their site you can request a
plant and seed catalog that they will mail out to you.
The varieties of Butterfly Bush sold by Nature Hills are the following:
Butterfly Bush - Black Knight (Buddleia 'Black Knight')
Butterfly Bush - Honeycomb (Buddleia 'Honeycomb')
Butterfly Bush - Pink Delight (Budd. 'Pink Delight')
Butterfly Bush - Royal Red (Buddleia 'Royal Red')
Butterfly Bush - Peacock (Buddleia davidii 'Peacock')
Butterfly Bush - White Bouquet (Buddleia 'White Bouquet')
Butterfly Bush - Adonis Blue (Buddleia davidii 'Adonis Blue' )
Butterfly Bush - Summer Rose (Buddleia davidii 'Summer Rose' )
Butterfly Bush - Nanho Purple (Buddleia davidii 'Nanho Purple' )
You will probably find many local nurseries that also sell butterfly bushes, but many times they are pretty
limited in the varieties they offer.
How to Propagate Butterfly Bush
New ones can be started from cuttings somewhat easily.
The Loganiaceae Family
Butterfly Bushes are part of the Loganiaceae Family of herbs, shrubs and trees characterized
by their flowers clustered in spikes.
Close up of Profusion White flowers.
Close up of Royal Red flowers.
Profusion White Butterfly Bush from a distance.
Buddleia davidii 'lle de France'
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