Butterfly Bush | A Garden Option to Attract Butterflies, Bees and Other Pollinators

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Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii) – Originating from China, Butterfly Bush is a delicious, perennial shrub known for it’s long plumes. The plumes feature a cascade of tiny, nectar rich flowers that attracts and provides food only, to adult butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and and other beneficial insects. The flowers colors can range from shades of blues, violet and purple but are generally white, pink and red.

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Buddlelia is fast growing, deer resistant and low maintenance. It can grow to reach heights of 6 to 8 feet. Buddlelia requires full sun to reach its optimum flowering potential. It also requires well draining, average to slightly acidic soil. It does not, however, like excessive wet soil. Once the plants are established,  they become drought tolerant and require only occasional watering unless subjected to extreme heat. Aggressive pruning during late fall only is recommended in mild climates. In cold climates, Buddlelia should be cut…

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