Butterfly Bush: Our Favorite Flowers

Butterflies (and hummingbirds!) love to visit this vigorous flowering shrub.
Butterfly Bush

Butterfly Bush

©2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Nectar-rich plants, such as the butterfly bush, will attract butterflies and moths into your garden with mauve, pink, red, or white summer flowers.

As its common name would suggest, Buddleia davidii attracts butterflies with its lovely blooms of lavender, pink, white, purple, red or yellow. These blooms can appear beginning in early spring and continue until first frost. In full sun, butterfly bush can grow up to 10 feet tall.

Butterfly bush is an aggressive grower, and removing spent blooms will encourage more attractive, fragrant flowers for a long period. Grow in massed plantings in cottage gardens and butterfly gardens, and use in border plantings. This small shrub also is a natural draw for hummingbirds as well.

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