Butterfly Bush

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Botanical name: Buddleia davidii

Plant type: Shrub

USDA Hardiness Zones: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Sun exposure: Full Sun

Soil type: Any

Soil pH: Varies

Flower color: Red, Pink, Yellow, Purple, White

Bloom time: Summer, Fall

Want a guaranteed butterfly and hummingbird magnet? Or, one of the most fragrant of shrubs? Plant a buddleia (butterfly bush).

This fast-growing, deciduous shrub with long, arching shoots will reach heights of 6 to 8 feet. Although the green leaves add a welcome bit of color to any landscape, it is the masses of blossoms—long, seductively spiked trusses—that are special.  From summer to autumn, the butterfly bush bears dense panicles, 12 inches or more long, that fill the air with a fruity scent.

At its northern limits, the shrubs can die back, sometimes all the way to the ground. No matter. Butterfly bush is vigorous and undemanding and will send up new shoots, given a sunny location and average garden soil.

Note: Butterfly bush can be an invasive species in some areas; check with your local cooperative extension before planting.

Planting

  • Buddleias need full sun and fertile, well-drained soil.
  • Plant in spring or fall.
  • Loosen the soil, mix in compost, and dig a hole twice the diameter of the plant container.
  • When placing the plant in the hole, the top of the rootball should be level with the soil surface
  • Space plants 5 to 10 feet apart, depending on the variety.
  • Water thoroughly.

Care

  • Water freely when in growth and sparingly otherwise. In the summer, water if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week.
  • Avoid fertilizing butterfly bush; too much fertility supports leaf growth over flower production.
  • Remove spent flower spikes to encourage new shoots and flower buds.
  • Each spring, apply a thin layer of compost and mulch to retain moisture and control weeds.
  • In cold Northern climates, spread mulch up to 6 inches deep around the trunk to nurture it through the winter.
  • Buddleias are very late to break dormancy, so don't be in a hurry to assess winter damage.
  • The bush should bloom abundantly even in its first year. In warmer climates, the bushes will grow into trees and develop rugged trunks that peel; peeling is normal.
  • In the northern limit of their range, they behave as herbaceous perennials, dying back to the root in cold winters.
  • Since they bloom on new wood, even if there is no die-back, cut them back to the ground every spring. Even where winters are mild enough for the stems to survive, prune severely to stimulate abundant growth on which flowers are borne.

Pests

  • Susceptible to capsid bug, caterpillars, weevils, mullein moth, and spider mites.
  • Fungal leaf spots and die-backs can occur.

Recommended Varieties

  • 'Lockinch' is a spreading, vigorous, deciduous shrub with long, arching shoots. mid-green leaves, and fragrant violet-blue flowers. Grows 8 feet tall and 10 feet wide.
  • 'Petite Indigo' (syn. 'Nanho Blue') has slender leaves and narrow panicles of pale lilac-blue flowers. Grows 4 to 5 feet tall and wide.
  • 'White Profusion' has large, very white flower spikes and grows 10 feet high and 15 feet wide.

Browse more pretty images of pretty butterfly bushes in our picture gallery!

Special Features

  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Attracts Birds

Comments

I prune my plants several

By Kathy Frankford on April 11

I prune my plants several times in the year. The time time I trim the bush was in September, the weather was still in the 80s, then one day it drop down to
the 30-40. My question is, when should we start seeing new growth in the spring?
I am hoping the cold did not kill them.
I live in Tennessee, 45 minuets from Knoxville.

Kathy, my Butterfly bushes

By Kathy Crowe on April 14

Kathy, my Butterfly bushes are just starting to get some new growth (I live in NE Georgia). I was getting worried as well, so hopefully you will see new growth soon.

Hi Kathy F., Hopefully your

By Almanac Staff on April 14

Hi Kathy F.,
Hopefully your bush will be OK and you should see new growth soon.

I am new to Farmers & did not

By Liz F Dixon 71

I am new to Farmers & did not see where to check for a planting zone. I just heard about this Butterfly Bush plant & would like to know if it can be successfully planted & grown here in Phoenix, Arizona, where I live. I am referring specifically to our high heat index, very low humidity and our soil condition which is hard packed clay based. I will probably have to rework the soil but the high heat is a real concern. Thanks for your informaion in advance.

There is a variety of

By Almanac Staff

There is a variety of butterfly bush recommended for the south. It is called Woolly butterfly bush (Buddleia marrubifolia). Buddleia davidii 'Black Knight' will also do well in hot climates.

I live in Fla. I want to put

By FlaJoe

I live in Fla. I want to put in a few butterfly bushes but I don't have a spot that gets full sun. One site gets 2-4 hours of full sun then about 4 hours of dappled sun. The other site gets mostly full sun most of the day. Do you think the bushes will thrive in either location?

Butterfly bushes need as much

By Almanac Staff

Butterfly bushes need as much sun as possible. Choose the spot with the most sun.

I live in zone 8 in Panama

By Teresa Stueck

I live in zone 8 in Panama City, Florida we don't get hard freezes here like the northern states do just mild freezes. I want to plant a bunch of Buddleia seeds. However, I don't know if I am suppose to refrigerate the seeds for a week to mimic a cold experience or not. I contacted the person that I purchased the seeds from but she wasn't exactly helpful.

Panama City itself is in zone

By Almanac Staff

Panama City itself is in zone 8B. Many varieties of Buddleja should work well in 8B. Just make sure the soil doesn't get too moist as it likes it on the drier side.  Pests from moistness is the main problem for this plant in your area.

You didn't answer my question

By Teresa Stueck

You didn't answer my question should the seeds be placed in the refrigerator or not?

No, there is no reason to put

By Almanac Staff

No, there is no reason to put seeds in the refrigerator.

I have a butterfly bush

By Joseph Neal

I have a butterfly bush planted in a wet area. Are these bushes generally tolerate of winter wet?

The butterfly bush does not

By Almanac Staff

The butterfly bush does not like wet soil. This plant is highly susceptible to soil diseases. It prefers average soil, and even dry soil is fine. 

This has helped thank you

By Sandy12345

This has helped thank you

hi all from little old new

By Jimy Mason

hi all from little old new zealand
we have a purple butterfly bush and love it but are trying to figure out how to do cuttings.as i cant locate any other colours here.as a child we had a red butterfly bush i would be interested if anyone had any colored seeds they wanted to send me
thank u
jimy mason

I planted 3 butterfly bushes

By Diana Verillo

I planted 3 butterfly bushes in containers in the spring. I just brought the containers inside because I live in central NY. Can I leave them in the garage and do I water them?

As stated two answers down:

By Almanac Staff

As stated two answers down: You can overwinter the containers in a cool shed or unheated garage. The plants need to go dormant. If you leave them outdoors protect the containers with straw or hay. You can also plant them in the ground now and add some mulch around the bushes. Keep them watered until the ground freezes.

Can I prune my butterfly bush

By Angela B.

Can I prune my butterfly bush now in October? I live in Durham, NC. It has really grown in the past 2 years and it really needs shaped up.

Prune your butterfly bush in

By Almanac Staff

Prune your butterfly bush in late in winter or early spring.  The results of studies demonstrate that pruning buddleia before the plants have become fully dormant in the fall increases the chance for winter injury resulting in death.

I am trying to identify a

By David Kenneway

I am trying to identify a Buddleia species that I spotted growing in a garden in the Dunblane area. The flowers had the characteristic spike of the Buddleia davidii species but the flower colour was more like the Buddleia globosa and/or Buddleia x weyeriana.

I live in Syracuse NY and

By Beginning gardener

I live in Syracuse NY and have 3 butterfly bushes in containers on my front porch. What do I do with them during the winter? When is it safe to plant them in my landscaping in spring?

You can overwinter the

By Almanac Staff

You can overwinter the containers in a cool shed or unheated garage. The plants need to go dormant. If you leave them outdoors protect the containers with straw or hay. You can also plant them in the ground now and add some mulch around the bushes. Keep them watered until the ground freezes.

hello, I bought a house last

By kayboberg88

hello, I bought a house last year that has a butterfly bush in our front flower bed. we let all our plants grow this year because we have no clue what was what and now we want to trim the bush back (late October) because it is over 8ft, we arent sure how to cut or when. help!

It is better to prune in the

By Almanac Staff

It is better to prune in the spring. Cut the bush back to about 1 foot after it has started to warm up a bit. This will stimulate new healthy growth.

We moved into a house in

By crbehrens

We moved into a house in western NC mountains zone 7a. The previous tennants did nothing and all the plantings were seriously overgrown. There are two butterfly bushes planted beside the second story deck. They were both growing into the deck and way over aprox. 10-12 feet high. We moved in August 1. I pruned the tops and all along the trunks just to be able to access the garden they were planted in. They are both sprouting all along the trunks from ground to top. They have just lost the last of the blooms. The foliage is a beautiful sliver green and healthy looking. Should I still prune in the spring?

To keep the bushes from

By Almanac Staff

To keep the bushes from taking over your deck again prune in the spring and then again later in the summer.

A neighbor gave me a

By Judy Goad

A neighbor gave me a butterfly bush back in the summer that had been dug up, so I transplanted it in full sun. It is approx.6Feet tall. it never bloomed but in late summer and even now in the late fall it has green pods on them. I pulled one of the pods off and opened it up and it looks like a bunch of tiny white seeds inside. are these new seeds or is it because it didn't bloom? I have mulched good as we had our first frost just last night.Iam in southwest Virginia area. any information you can give me would be helpful. also if these are seeds do I need to cut the pods off and dry the seeds to plant?

Usually seed pods develop

By Almanac Staff

Usually seed pods develop throughout the flower clusters. The pods look like small green upright footballs. When the pods mature they turn dark brown and spit open at the tip. I'm not sure that the pods you have are from a a butterfly bush. Check with you neighbor who gave you the bush.

Yes, the pods are small,green

By Judy Goad

Yes, the pods are small,green football looking pods. do the pods seeds just scatter around by themselves or do they have to be planted?

You can let the pods

By Almanac Staff

You can let the pods naturally seed or you can save the seeds for new plantings. Wait until the pods turn a dark brown (this could take a few weeks). Sometimes it's best to remove the pods (even if green) and let them dry/turn brown on a piece of tissue paper (on a tray or plate) until the tip of the pod splits. Tap and the very small dust-size seeds will fall out. Fold up the tissue and store in an envelope in a dry place until ready to plant.

My wife's butterfly bush has

By commander_cody

My wife's butterfly bush has pulled the root system from the ground due to heavy growth on the sun drenched side of the plant. It needs pruning & trans-planting now (mid Oct). Question is: Can I prune it back now and move it to a more suitable location? I live in Richmond, VA. Just had a two day soaking rain. I truly would like to save this beautiful plant. FYI...the root system is more than half way pulled from the ground.

Thanks for any help and info.

October is a good time to

By Almanac Staff

October is a good time to transplant trees and bushes. Prune the bush so that it is easier to move and then prune it back more in late winter or early spring.

I live in NE Ohio. My

By Jeanie Slack

I live in NE Ohio. My butterfly bush was planted last year and has outgrown its current location. I want to transplant it now (October). Should I move it, or should I wait till spring? If I move it now will it hurt to cut it back and cover it with mulch for the winter? Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!

I transplanted my butterfly

By Jim Rearick

I transplanted my butterfly bush this past spring. I gave it a lot of water and it is thriving really well. It flowered this year and was beautiful.

is butterfly bushes avaliable

By shazia

is butterfly bushes avaliable in pakistan??? can any one help?

Yes it is available in

By Rao

Yes it is available in Lahore, Pakistan.
I have recently converted my lawn into a bird/ insect attracting Eco-garden.
Among other insect friendly plants, butterfly bush certainly holds the center stage. Mine is in deep pink color.
You may also find its fragrance very amusing.

Hi I bought a butterfly bush

By Deanna berghoefer

Hi I bought a butterfly bush that was supposed to be white purple and orange allnon one flower but when it bloomed it was just lavender like my other one did I get sent the wrong plant
Thanks
Deanna

We really don't know. This

By Almanac Staff

We really don't know. This plant comes in a wide variety of colors. Call the company which sent you the plant for information.

My daughter lives in Indiana

By debi petersen

My daughter lives in Indiana not far from Chicago and she put a butterfly bush in a sunny spot but it has grown so high she wants to dig it up and give it to the neighbors who love it. Can you help me by telling me the best time to do this and if there are any butterfly bushes that grown only 4-5 feet tall. This is is well into 7 feet tall and massive. Thanks in advance

This shrub typically grows

By Almanac Staff

This shrub typically grows from 6 to 10 feet tall by 4 to 10 feet wide.  You can severely prune in late winter back to the woody frame to keep it under control. In fact, pruning butterfly bushes to within one foot of the ground annually enhances the flower display. They are easily to transplant. Try moving in May; they can be late to "awake" in spring.

Are ALL hummingbird bushes

By Sandi Ashworth

Are ALL hummingbird bushes suppose to be cut back? I live in Alabama. How far do you cut them back?
Thanks.

According to your local

By Almanac Staff

According to your local extension:
Prune the butterfly bush in early spring before new growth begins. Do not prune in the fall or winter as this increases the risk of cold damage.
Pruning butterfly bushes to within one foot of the ground annually enhances the flower display. Don't worry; they will re-sprout vigorously from the crown (i.e. where the stems meet the roots).
Also, deadhead the spent panicles before they go to seed to lengthen the bloom period, provide a neater look to the plant, and prevents unwanted seedlings in the garden.

Thank you so much, I

By Sandra Ashworth

Thank you so much, I appreciate the information.

I live in Winnipeg, Canada.

By lori m.

I live in Winnipeg, Canada. Zone 3-4. Recently saw the white Buddleia at an outdoor park here, which was full of hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. I am not sure if this species was transplanted into the ground for our very hot summers and then dug out and put into a greenhouse over winter, OR can I plant these here and leave them be over the winter -- something like the hydrangeas we have ???

Most buddleias are hardy to

By Almanac Staff

Most buddleias are hardy to USDA zone 5. You may be able to overwinter a bush if you grow it in a container and move it into a cool garage or basement for the winter. Visit a local nursery and see if they have any suggestions. There may be a few varieties that are hardier than others.

This is a really informative

By paula sprague

This is a really informative site. Thank you! I am renting a home and thinking of buying; 3 HUGE butterfly bushes. And I mean HUGE. I have never seen so many beautiful and colorful butterflies in my life! {cheaper than therapy ;)}; so the thought of 'cutting them back to a few feet' scares me. The one in front of my front door is probably at least 15 feet high and well over 20 feet wide (limb spread). I live in NC.

I planted two butterfly

By Rebie Nicholson

I planted two butterfly bushes 2 years ago. They were pruned back -last spring and have been beautiful...until about two weeks ago. They both look totally dead - brown leaves over the entire plant - no green, no flowers. There are no bugs/mites/aphids. About two weeks ago we had a spike of very high temperatures 104 the last two days - 100+ over the past month. The plants are on an irrigation system - and I increased the watering amount (we are on water restrictions and can only water one day a week) but no change. Should I just cut them back now ... or wait a bit longer ... all other plants seem to be doing fine - just these two bushes.(Austin, Tx)

The heat was too much for the

By Almanac Staff

The heat was too much for the bushes. Cut off the branches that look dead and remove the dead leaves. Keep them watered. Hopefully the roots are still fine and you'll get some new growth later this season or next spring.

I have recently purchased a

By Michelle Zhuo

I have recently purchased a butterfly bush called, " lavender Sunset". Does anyone know what does the flower looks like? I just wondering if anyone knows it is a bi color plant?
Thx.

I believe this plant will

By Susan Kincaid

I believe this plant will have medium purple flowers with orange-yellow centers. I have seen buddleias that look like this; am not sure of the cultivar name.

my butterfly plant is 12 feet

By john daniel russell

my butterfly plant is 12 feet tall when is the best time of year to prune this down before the cold winter winds and frost come i would like to cut it down to 6 feet thats below my fence for shelter

I live in Arizona where the

By Donna Langford

I live in Arizona where the summers can reach 110+. Will a butterfly bush survive here ?

The Woolly Butterfly Bush

By Almanac Staff

The Woolly Butterfly Bush (Buddleia marrubifolia) is a good variety for Arizona. See more here:
http://ag.arizona.edu/pima/gardening/aridplants/Buddleia_marrubifolia.html

Thanks !

By Donna Langford

Thanks !

Have a silly question> Hope

By Nathlee Foster

Have a silly question> Hope someone can answer. I've looked into ordering butterfly bush seeds online and many places have them. What I want to know is do butterfly bushes form their own seeds like many plants and flowers do. If so, please let me know.

Yes, the butterfly bush has

By Almanac Staff

Yes, the butterfly bush has seeds. They are very tiny--almost like a powder. If you want to cultivate new plants, start them from cuttings. It's far easier.

Hi.. I am from Florida and I

By Alex delgado

Hi.. I am from Florida and I am looking to get a butterfly Bush for my house. Do you know where can I get Them arround Kendall área

We would suggest your best

By Almanac Staff

We would suggest your best on-the-ground answer is from your Florida cooperative extension. Here is a page with a county office near you: http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu/map/index.html

Hi, How are you? This may

By megan lane

Hi, How are you? This may sound like a silly question but I have to ask it anyway. I just bought a lilac colored butterfly bush today at a local nursery. It is about 3 feet tall, and maybe 2 feet wide approx. It is still in a pot and i plan on planting it later this evening. (i live on long island, new york). My question is: if I am supposed to cut it back basically to the bottom every year, how will it get to be 5-6 feet tall? wont it be regrowing the same amount each year?

Yes, you can cut a butterfly

By Almanac Staff

Yes, you can cut a butterfly bush completely to the ground in the spring.  We cut ours down to about 10 inches. Ours grows 5 to 6 feet every year. By cutting it down, you'll get more profuse blooms.

I live in Washington, and I

By Nathlee Foster

I live in Washington, and I have found that simply by cutting the blooms off each year that the next year it puts out lots more blooms than the previous.

I just starting to grow a

By sheea l maynard

I just starting to grow a butterfly bush from scratch and it Is in a plastic egg like container with small holes but some are to tall what should I trans plant into next

We're not sure where you

By Almanac Staff

We're not sure where you live, however, if your region gets cold, you really want to save the seeds and sow them indoors about 8 to 10 weeks before last spring frost. You may need extra artificial light. Once seedlings have at least 2 pairs of leaves, you can transfer each one to an individual container. Then, you can transplant them outdoors, but first put them in a sheltered place for 7 days to accustom them to the weather. Set the small plants 2 to 3 feet apart in a sunny area well after all danger of frost.

I just purchased a white

By Fretta

I just purchased a white profusion butterfly bush. Right now it is only a bit over a foot tall. How long can I keep in a container? I didn't realize when I bought it that it would get 5-10 feet tall.

Fall and spring are good

By Almanac Staff

Fall and spring are good times to plant the butterfly bush. If you live in a colder region we suggest that you plant the bush in the fall and add some mulch. Prune in early spring to promote new growth. You can also prune the bush during the summer so that it doesn't get too big.

I have two butterfly bushes

By Kelly F.

I have two butterfly bushes that were growing fine until the rainy season - we live near the coast in central FL. Now 75% of the leaves are brown and wilted. No sign of any holes in the leaves or webbing. I pulled the mulch back from around them, but am not sure what else I can do. Any suggestions?

Too much water can cause root

By Almanac Staff

Too much water can cause root rot. Hopefully by pulling the mulch back and letting the roots dry a little your bushes will bounce back. Add a little compost around the bushes if you haven't fertilized lately.

I have 3 Large Butterfly

By Rick Humphrey

I have 3 Large Butterfly bushes that I intend on drastically pruning each year in March. Can I use a chipper/shredder to create mulch from this high volume of annual growth being pruned? In other words does the mulch created from the wood of a butterfly bush attract insects that would be harmful to the Butterfly bushes and/or other perennials in my garden?

Make sure to dry the wood

By Almanac Staff

Make sure to dry the wood chips before using. There should not be any problems with insects or diseases.

I live in NH and am wondering

By Angel Burke

I live in NH and am wondering if I can plant a butterfly bush by the driveway where it isn't protected by the house or anything? My mom thinks the cold NH winters make it so the bush needs to be closer to the house. Thank you

Butterfly bush is hardy in

By Almanac Staff

Butterfly bush is hardy in Zones 5 to 10. If you live in southern NH you should be all set. No worries. Further north you can still plant it by the driveway but make sure to mulch it well before winter.

Can I get a start off someone

By R Ward

Can I get a start off someone else's bush?

can you get a start from a

By lynnefallon

can you get a start from a bush

In the spring cut off a

By Almanac Staff

In the spring cut off a 6-inch piece of a small new branch. Dip the stem in rooting hormone and plant in a pot with potting soil. Keep the soil moist.

I know this is probably a

By Scott Derrow

I know this is probably a dumb question, but when you say "Remove spent flower spikes to encourage new shoots and flower buds"...how exactly do you do this? Do you mean cut them off or pinch off the dead flower buds or is there a recommended way to do this? I planted 2 new bushes in the Spring, so I am a newbie at this. I live in NC. Thanx.

No dumb questions! By

By Almanac Staff

No dumb questions! By deadhead, we mean remove spent bloom of the butterfly bush. With this plant, you have a lot of flexibility. You can really cut it off with pruning shears anywhere behind the dead bloom. In the spring before new growth starts, we cut it back hard (to about a foot) to keep a compact shape. You want to cut back to the next live bud or growing point.

we have two butterfly bushes

By Giddyupgal

we have two butterfly bushes that really need to be relocated. we live in the central Ohio area. any suggestions for moving? when is the best time to do so?

The butterfly bush is

By Almanac Staff

The butterfly bush is relatively easy to transplant. It's best planted or transplanted in spring.

Some of My purple butterfly

By Claire

Some of My purple butterfly bushes are coming back with white not purple flowers. I live in PA. Is there something wrong in the soil? Is there anything I can do to prevent the remaining purple bushes from going white?

Well, we just learned

By Almanac Staff

Well, we just learned something: For the vividly colored butterfly bushes, plant in sun and in rich soil with a pH of 6.0 to 7.5. When planted in shade, butterfly flowers tend to be pale pastels or even white. We hope this helps you. Thanks for asking!
 

I pruned my butterfly bushes

By DiFabio

I pruned my butterfly bushes in the late fall last year. they never grew this year. Did I kill them? I live in the Northeast.

It is possible, maybe likely

By Almanac Staff

It is possible, maybe likely by now, that you did kill them. Pruning before the plants become fully dorman in the fall can result in failure in the next season. Late winter or early spring pruning is recommended.
Sorry to have to tell you.

I just had a butterfly bush

By Sally Amundsen

I just had a butterfly bush planted a couple days ago. It was well watered and now it wilts daily until I give it more water. What gives? I live in north center Illinois. Thank you!

Keep watering. It takes a

By Almanac Staff

Keep watering. It takes a little time for the plant to get established to its new location.

I'm in central IL and have

By Lynne Franks

I'm in central IL and have butterfly bushes at least 14 yrs old.They're in full sun along a concrete driveway, never watered or fertilized. Flower heads are always a disappointment b/c they start browning out will the end is still blooming. Look ratty, so I cut them back. They don't look luscious like your picture. Also, older leaves always turn yellow (have started already). Never notice any bugs. I pull them off and sometimes new leaves grow back. What am I doing wrong? Also...too big. I cut back to the about a foot in the spring but are too big. Is it ok to deadhead about a foot at a time as I remove the spent flowers? Thank you!

If you have a stretch of hot

By Almanac Staff

If you have a stretch of hot and dry weather you should water the bush. And it's OK to prune the branches in the summer when you deadhead the flowers.

We planted a bush last year

By Miche'

We planted a bush last year and failed to prune in spring. The bush never came back as of July. Will it bloom in spring 2014 if we prune correctly? Ot is completely dead?

We purchased a home last

By ann m sullivan

We purchased a home last August. One corner of the front of the house near the front door are 4 butterfly bushes. The bushes were maybe waist-high with many blooms. This year the bushes are as tall as we are. The size is not appropriate for the location. Is there any way to keep them a certain size?

You can prune them in the

By Almanac Staff

You can prune them in the summer and cut back some of the taller branches. In early spring cut the bushes all the way down to the ground.

I grew my butterfly bush from

By pcporvida

I grew my butterfly bush from seeds, which grew almost 4ft in a pot, I water when needed, all leaves look healthy, but thee is still no flower buds & I'm getting worried.. when should expect to see it flower? Am I doing something wrong? Thanks!!

After consulting several

By Almanac Staff

After consulting several sources, we can only say that it's not time yet. Bloom season in most people seems to be July (well, later in July) to September. However, the weather conditions so far this year and portions of lat year may have altered this schedule in your area.
It's a funny thing because every source claims that these are never-fail plant. So give it a little longer. . . and inquire at your local nursery or agricultural cooperative-extension service.

My butterfly bushes which are

By susan damiano

My butterfly bushes which are in pots have something eating them! Their leaves almost look like a crocheted tablecloth or something. Some of the leaves are completely "crocheted" to the stem that runs down the middle. What is doing this to them?

This sounds like the work of

By Almanac Staff

This sounds like the work of earwigs or Japanese beetles. Have you looked for bugs? Try laying out wet newspaper rolls and then dropping the earwigs into soapy water. Try the beetles in, too. Go to your garden center with a leave sample and ask for a safe insecticide.

Its July here is it to late

By stephanie Kelley

Its July here is it to late for me to plant a bush and when is the lastest for me to plant on? Thank you

2 years ago I planted a

By Duane Winter

2 years ago I planted a butterfly bush on 18 July. It bloomed in late summer and the next year it grew to 7' tall. This year it's over 8'. I love it! I live in Oregon.

my butterfly bush grew

By Theresa Wilkinson

my butterfly bush grew beautifully with lots of healthy leaves and flowers and then all the leaves have come off and flowers gone, looks like it was eaten but no sign of caterpillars. some little tiny bugs though! What should I do?

Spider mites can kill leaves

By Almanac Staff

Spider mites can kill leaves and aphids can do a job on the bush. Earwigs also enjoy eating the leaves. Give the bush some extra compost or aged manure. Check any new growth for bugs and spray with horticultural oil or a dish soap and water mixture.

My butterfly bush split down

By Karenina

My butterfly bush split down the middle of the trunk. Should I try and tie it up or just leave it and prune it in the fall. I'm wondering it I didn't plant it deep enough, I got it at the end of the season and it was dying. I didn't think it was going to make it, but it did. I live in central Alabama. Thanks! Blessings!

Hard to know exactly the

By Almanac Staff

Hard to know exactly the origin of the problem exactly but excess moisture (rain!) could be the culprit. (Hasn't there been a lot of rain down your way?)
If leaf and other growth is continuing, you could tie it up for the remainder of the season. In any case, prune it in the fall as directed above.
Congratulations on saving it from dying. It should come back again next season.

I moved to my home just over

By dustydeemk

I moved to my home just over 2 years ago and have 2 butterfly bushes. I do prune them back to the ground and they did fine with that last year. This year the greenery is beautiful and it is blooming but the blooms do not look real healthy. They are usually very purple and large. This year they are very small and not as vibrant. We have had alot of rain in the past several weeks. Could this be causing a problem. The bed they are in does have good drainage so the soil does not stay overly wet. Any suggestions?

Keep pruning. If you prune

By Almanac Staff

Keep pruning. If you prune your butterfly bushes to within one foot of the ground, it should enhance the flower display. In terms of good bloom: Did you prune at the right time? Be sure to prune in spring before new growth begins since they flower on new growth. Don't prune in the fall or winter to avoid cold damage. Deadheading to lengthen blooming as well.

I have 5 small plants still

By Eileen Mullinaux

I have 5 small plants still in their 4" H x 2" W pots, bought over the Internet. We have a lot of hardpan on our property, which has stunted oranges, for example. How deep should I try to dig the hole, now that it's so small, and anticipating that the roots will hit hardpan. Should I mound first? How big will the rootball get? I'm in 9b and want to plant in July, just to get them going and stable before winter.

What's your geographic

By Candy Robinson

What's your geographic location? We have lots of these shrubs planted in our yard & have had no problems growing them. They bloom w/little care. Dig your hole 6-8 inches deep. If the roots aren't coming out of the bottom of the pots yet, that should be deep enough. Then I would get a bag of "good" potting soil and fill the hole back up w/that. Does water penetrate your ground or stand on top? I'd try to work some kind of leafy mulch-type compost material around the plants after they are planted. Hope this helps! I'd get them in the ground quickly. Keep them watered though, so they can establish roots prior to winter!

My two new buddleias (planted

By Sunadcor

My two new buddleias (planted professionally last August) are growing fine, except some of the lower branches are falling off the trunk at the soil line. We live in zone 4 and have had a very wet spring. I can't see any bugs but they do have bark mulch almost up to the trunk. Is this a bad sign for the health of the plants? What can I do ? I also see this happening to the Shasta daisys. Thank you!

It's hard for us to diagnose

By Almanac Staff

It's hard for us to diagnose from here but usual problems are: it's planted too deeply, there's too much mulch around base, it's suffering from a pest, the rootball dried out at planting time, or your soil is too soggy. Though the butterfly bush is quite resilient, it is essential to have well-drained soil as their roots will quickly rot when waterlogged.

I planted a red butterfly

By Carolyn Holody

I planted a red butterfly bush about two weeks ago and it was doing well until we had three days of Michigan rainstorms. It started to wilt and droop really bad, so I dug it out of very saturated soil and put it in pot that I had from another flower that I planted. I haven't been watering it since it was so wet, but it hasn't perked up since I put it in the pot. Will it eventually start coming back to life, or has it been damaged due to being over watered? I hope that I can nurse it back to health so I can find a better place to plant it. Please advise me what to do. I read the Old Farmer's Almanac and I trust your advice. Thank you.

Let the soil dry out and then

By Almanac Staff

Let the soil dry out and then plant the bush in a spot that has good drainage. Add some compost to the soil before planting. Only water when needed and add some mulch around the bush.

Zone 8 (South Georgia) Now

By Janet siders

Zone 8 (South Georgia) Now have five butterfly bushes. Planted the first one three years ago, the second last year and three more last month. The first two are blooming, but not nearly as many as last year and the blooms seem damaged. the spikes only grow blossoms from the middle to the top. plants are in full sun, but I didn't know about pruning so they've never been pruned. I remove spent boom abut every 2-3 days.

Can a butterfly bush be

By Roberta Reese

Can a butterfly bush be planted about 3 feet away from a corner of my house, or does it need a less restrictive area? My areas with full sun are somewhat limited.

Butterfly bushes don't have

By Almanac Staff

Butterfly bushes don't have big roots and you can prune them to be a manageable size. 3 feet from you house should be OK.

I am baffled. I have 4

By Dottie cates

I am baffled. I have 4 butterfly bushes that I planted. They grew well, however now they are getting yellow leaves and the leaves are falling off. We have had a lot of rain. I mulched in the spring. One in particular has very Larry leaves and outgrew the others. It seems to be in the worst shape, however it is blooming . The ones beside it are fine but losing leaves at the bottom. They are panted next to the porch and only get sun on 3 sides. Just trying to give you as much info as possible. Will buy something for spider mites but could it be something else. Maybe over watering from a wet spring? It is a drained area . I trimmed it a bit today as it looks awful, like a scraggly tree but with blooms.

Too much water can yellow

By Almanac Staff

Too much water can yellow leaves but also check for pests like earwigs and aphids. It's OK to prune the bush and remove some of the yellowed leaves and branches.

Our two butterfly bushes look

By Stacey Tess

Our two butterfly bushes look in serious distress - the leaves are curling and turning brown, with smaller leaves nearest the main stalk all yellow. Some leaves have small holes. They are not over-watered. The bushes are on opposite sides of my yard, in Long Island, NY. Both bushes were cut low to ground (about a foot) in the Fall, as I've done for the three years I've had them. I spent the morning going to local plant nurseries, but they are stumped - no help. It looks like the bushes will die without quick action. Thank you!

Check for pests. Spider mites

By Almanac Staff

Check for pests. Spider mites can yellow leaves and aphids can do a job on the bush. Earwigs also enjoy eating the leaves. Give the bushes some extra compost or aged manure and cut off the brown leaves.

Thank you! Will do. The

By Stacey Tess

Thank you! Will do. The leaves have continued to curl (up, not under) and brown (which starts at the tips), so yesterday I sprayed with Volck in case it's mites. I will add compost and remove brown leaves now. Very much appreciate your reply!

Is the end of June too late

By Emily L.

Is the end of June too late to prune my three huge butterfly bushes? I know you should do it in the spring, but mine were tiny and didn't look like they needed it. Now they've exploded to 8 feet tall and are hanging over in the driveway... Will it hurt to cut them back a bit? Also, what is the best *organic* solution to the bugs that keep eating them? I have tried neem oil with no success... Thank you for any help you can give me!

You can prune now. New growth

By Almanac Staff

You can prune now. New growth and blooms should reappear within weeks of pruning. These bushes can handle stress very well. Try to identify the bugs that attack your plants. A spray of water and mild dishwashing soap may get rid of aphids or spider mites. If you have beetles in the bushes set up beetle traps.

I just received a small

By Dawn Chianese

I just received a small unknown variety of a butterfly bush, but have only a small planting area that gets full sun. Can I plant it but leave it in the pot to keep it smaller?

You can plant it in the

By Almanac Staff

You can plant it in the ground and keep it manageable by pruning. Don't let the bush go to seed. Clip off all flower heads in the fall.

I enjoyed reading your

By Dawn Chianese

I enjoyed reading your questions and comments

I recently bought a property

By jason seehafer

I recently bought a property which has 2 very large butterfly bushes (more like trees given their size). 10 feet wide and 10+ feet tall. I've read that butterfly bushes should be cut back to the ground every spring. Is that recommended in this instance?

My local nursery advised me

By JenM

My local nursery advised me that they should be cut back by 1/3 each spring. I did cut a couple of mine back to about 6-8 inches or so above the ground in late April. They did go into shock, but about the first of June they started growing again. If it's already hot where you are, perhaps you should wait until spring to cut them back.

I trimmed my butterfly bush

By Kathleen F

I trimmed my butterfly bush in the fall not realizing you do it in the early spring. I have not yet seen any growth (Orange County, NY) yet. I am wondering if its just delayed from our unseasonable cold and wet June? Please advise.

If you had a cold, wet

By Almanac Staff

If you had a cold, wet spring, then give them a bit longer.
Fall pruning isn't ideal as it can increase the risk of cold damage. Did you have a tough winter? Did you have mulch or snow to insulate the roots? Do you have any new growth at all? You could try a scratch test on your plants; scratch the stalks near the base, and if you see green, they are still alive. We wish you well.

My lawn service didn't see my

By Zoe99

My lawn service didn't see my nascent butterfly bush (which I cut down in the spring) and mowed over it last week (June 3).

Will it come back next year if I protect it this year with mulch and a tomato cage (so the mowers know not to keep mowing over it)? Or should I dig it out and plant a new one?

You could try protecting the

By Almanac Staff

You could try protecting the plant this year with mulch and a tomato cage. It may be that the plant will recover this year, producing some leafing branches. (You won't get flowers.) Depending on your hardiness zone, there might be enough time for the plant to re-establish itself a bit before winter. If there doesn't seem to be a response over the summer, you could replace it with another plant in fall or spring (which are the best planting times).

My Buddleia bush was just a

By kim fitzgerald

My Buddleia bush was just a stalk with a few leaves when i got it.It had plenty of roots,it was from one a friend had. One year later its grown but only has 2 branches coming off the main stem plenty of leaves but no flowers what have i done wrong or what do i need to do HELP!!!!

It could be that the plant

By Almanac Staff

It could be that the plant just needs a little more time to become established. Make sure that your plant is getting full sun, and enough water (but not waterlogged), and that the plant is hardy in your area. Some buddleias bloom in late summer, so you may not see flower buds right now, depending on what variety you have. Also, make sure it doesn't have too much nitrogen fertilizer, which encourages leaf growth but inhibits flowering. It sounds like your plant is healthy--no curling/wilting/discolored leaves that might indicate disease or insects, so that probably isn't the trouble.

I love my Butterfly Tree,

By Ms Karen Serra

I love my Butterfly Tree, it's the purple one. It's been in the ground for about 3-4 years now and am fascinated reading all the comments. I have never trimmed it other than the top of the branches just below the seeds. Will do that starting next spring though! It's a marvelous tree, can't really kill it, I live in zone 9a. My question is, there are thousands of seeds left after it blooms. What should/can I do with them? They don't seem to re-seed themselves. I read in one comment that you can put a clipping in fertile soil but what about the seeds? Thanks, God Bless!!!

You can save the seed and

By Almanac Staff

You can save the seed and plant them. However, if your parent plant is a hybrid, the offspring will likely not exhibit the same traits. Plus, keep in mind that several modern hybrids are almost sterile, producing very few seeds.

Gather the seedpod when there are some signs of browning but not all the way (or the pod will split open). Set it in a plate or shallow pan in a warm room for several weeks to complete the drying process. Once the pods have dried and split open, tap the seeds out.

Some people save the completely dried pods, crush them, and then just scatter the seeds on the ground at an appropriate site. The seeds are very small, and there is a lot of debris (chaff) mixed in.

Others first store the seeds in a plastic bag in the freezer for about 4 weeks to give them a cold treatment (stratification). Then, they plant the seeds in seed-starting pots about 8 or so weeks before the last spring frost. Place each seed just on surface of the seed-starting medium and tap it gently; the seeds need light to germinate. Place the pot in bright, indirect light, in a warm (70 to 80 F) room. Keep soil moist but not waterlogged. Seedlings should appear in about 30 days. Transfer to larger pots as needed. Plant the seedlings out in spring.

Zone 4 dead. I spoke to two

By Kevin Mack

Zone 4 dead. I spoke to two local Master Gardeners friends this weekend and they both told me everyone's Buddleia in Minnesota died this Winter. Mine show no signs of life. We had an extreme Winter including deep frosts. Apparently, in Minnesota and Zone 4 they are considered annuals or delicate perennials, and nobody will warrant them as true perennials. One Master Gardener said the longest she had Buddleia in Minnesota was five years. She said she mulched the heck out of hers in the Fall but the frost was too deep this Winter. Fortunately, I found some beautiful new ones for $9.99 and look forward to plant them with care tomorrow!

Mine all died too! I'm in

By Julieg4

Mine all died too! I'm in central/northern Wisconsin. Had 4 big bushes, all very healthy til now. We had deep snow, cold temps, late spring. No butterfly bushes :(

Just starting out... My

By SammieB

Just starting out...
My parents have recently purchased a small planted butterfly bush and are hoping to find just the right place for it in the yard. We have two ponds, one upper and one lower, connected by a waterfall system. The first thought was maybe on the banks of the upper pond, near but not too close to the waterfall. The area is full sun with almost 8 or more hrs of direct sunlight and is usually well drained being on a slight slope. My question is, could the roots cause damage to the pond banks and create leaks that would endanger the pond life?

The full sun and well-drained

By Almanac Staff

The full sun and well-drained soil sounds perfect. It's fine near a pond.

My new butterfly plant has

By Nashville

My new butterfly plant has blooms but has yellow leaves. What do i do? Its been in the ground about 10 days.

How has the weather been?

By Almanac Staff

How has the weather been? Often, this is due to a heat distress and lack of water. Make sure it gets a deep soaking to revive it. But don't overdo it. Water it during the summer if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week. Also, it helps if you apply a think layer of compost every spring, along with a few inches of mulch to retain moisture. Also, check for spider mites; try spraying the leaves, especially the undersides, with the water or an insecticidal soap spray. Avoid fertilizing.

Are they deer resistant?

By Betsy Sawicki

Are they deer resistant?

I live in western PA and have

By L Volaric

I live in western PA and have about 15 butterfly plants. Our are is heavly populated with deer and have never seen any deer damage on them. You can start more plants by taking cuttings and put in a rich soil. Fantastic plant.

Recognizing that no plant is

By Almanac Staff

Recognizing that no plant is truly deer-resistant, the Butterfly Bush is one of your best bets and rated as "rarely damaged" by most experts.

I am in zone 7 and have a

By Debbie Dufield

I am in zone 7 and have a bush I did not yet trim back to ground level. Is it too late to trim it back this spring, since it is late May?

If you prune now you will not

By Almanac Staff

If you prune now you will not have blooms this year. Wait to prune in early spring next year.

I just bought two butterfly

By DiMaria

I just bought two butterfly bushes, I want to plant them where they get 7 hours of sun, but it is near a septic tank (zone 9b) - will this be a problem?

There should not be any

By Almanac Staff

There should not be any problems planting close to the tank. Just make sure that the soil is fertile and well-drained. Add compost to the soil before planting.

So glad I read the comments.

By KathleenNall

So glad I read the comments. Here, on May 25, in SE Wisconsin I seen on signs of life on my butterfly bushes and was ready to replace them - but it sounds like I should be patient! That's the excitement of gardening!!

My butterfly bush is slowly

By lynnmv

My butterfly bush is slowly coming back (zone 6) from bieng planted last year. I unknowingly prunned it last fall, before realizing it shoul;d have been done in the spring. It is maybe 5 inches of new growth right now. My question is, I would like to move it to a new location before it gets any bigger. Is this an ok time to do that or should I wait?

Spring and fall are the best

By Almanac Staff

Spring and fall are the best times to transplant bushes and trees. If you move it to a new location now be careful to get the entire root ball and add some compost to the soil in the new location. Water well after transplanting.

Hello to all: Anyone from

By Josh76

Hello to all:
Anyone from Ontario Canada on the board and can comment if their Butterfly Bush is starting to show signs of life after our winter. I understand the are late to show signs of growth, but as of May 23, no sign of life yet, although when I broke a stem, it was green.
Thanks

WIth some warmer weather the

By Almanac Staff

WIth some warmer weather the bush should show signs of growth by now.

No growth yet. We had some

By Josh 123

No growth yet. We had some cool temperature recently. Anyone else from the Toronto area.

We live in Toronto and have

By KKitcher

We live in Toronto and have also seen no growth as of yet on our bush. I do remember it was close to July last year before we saw any buds.

Okay thanks. I checked with

By Joshxyz

Okay thanks. I checked with my neighbour and one of her plants has shown some growth, the white variety. The nursery staff recommended waiting for another 10 days or so and to monitor. But sounds like they really are slow to return to the living world.

zone 3 can it survive butterfly bush

By Anonymous

can butterfly bush survive in zone 3 Calgary ab

Attracts birds ?

By Anonymous

I love everything I see here about this beauty, I do however, have a veg garden not 10 feet from where I would be planting this and I am somewhat concerned about seeing that it not only attracts butterflies (hugh positive) but that it also attracts birds (hugh bummer for the garden) I am wondering if you have any suggestions or perhaps I am making a bigger deal out of this then I should. TYIA

Planting next to a garden

By Anonymous

This plant is very fast growing ( in south western British Columbia ) I planted one on the east side of the garden and have to brutally prune it to keep it from shading the garden. I would suggest planting it on the north side of the garden to prevent shading. I have found it does not attract birds here ( except humming birds). It does tend to sprawl and needs annual pruning to control the growth or plant where there is a lot of room to spread out.

Native Land

By Anonymous

Where is it's native land? Where was it introduced from?

Buddleja Davidii originated

By Almanac Staff

Buddleja Davidii originated from China and Japan. Most of the plants in commercial trade by the name "butterfly bush" are cultivars of this non-native. However, there are also North American natives of "Buddleja" -- Buddleja marrubiifolia (woolly butterflybush) native to Southern Trans-Pecos and Mexico, Buddleja racemosa (wand butterflybush) native to Texas, Buddleja scordioides (escobilla butterflybush) native to Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, and Buddleja sessiliflora (Rio Grande butterflybush) Arizona and Texas.

Large Pot Planting

By Anonymous

Will a butterfly bush tolerate being potted in a 21" or larger pot? I have very little ground space and would love to have one of these sitting on my patio.

You can grow a butterfly bush

By Almanac Staff

You can grow a butterfly bush in a container. Depending on where you live you may need to protect the plant in the fall before the cold winter weather arrives.

Hello?

By Anonymous

Is there any Almanac Staff answering questions in this forum anymore?

We have thousands of pages so

By Almanac Staff

We have thousands of pages so we may not get to them all but we'll try! The gardening season is getting very active. We hope that our wonderful gardening community will help out, too. To everyone reading this, please review the Q&As below because 1 out of 5 times the question has been asked before. Thank you--and enjoy our free garden pages and web site!

Is it too late to prune my butterfly bush in NH?

By Anonymous

My bush has done really well in full sun facing south, in the front of the house. It is over 6 feet tall and just as wide. I have not pruned it since planting it a few years ago. Is it too late to cut it way back now in mid-May? Should I cut it back to the ground or higher?

my butterfly bush is 60

By annette piceu

my butterfly bush is 60 percent dead or at least appears to be, its about 5 feet tall, should
i trim it back far?

A butterfly bush produces

By Almanac Staff

A butterfly bush produces blooms on the current season’s new growth. If you prune now you will not have blooms this year. Wait to prune in early spring next year. You can cut the bush back to about a foot above soil level.

Full Sun for Butterfly Bush?

By Anonymous

I am very new to all this. What exactly does full sun mean? I planted two of them behind my Sunroom, I am in Myrtle Beach SC. The sun hits that spot 4 hours or so. Is that good enough?

full sun for butterfly bush

By Anonymous

Full sun is 6 hours of direct sun a day.

Excessive rooting

By Anonymous

I live in Kentucky and my Butterfly Bush is in full bloom. The biggest problem I have is the excessive roots that are coming out of the ground all around the perimeter (3-4 feet away from base) and it looks like weeds growing all thru my mulch. Thus, I can't plant any other flowers there due to the mass of roots. Is this normal?

Yes, this is normal. The

By Almanac Staff

Yes, this is normal. The butterfly bush is known to be invasive and have a massive root system. You can add more mulch to smother some of the new shoots.

have I pruned too late??

By Anonymous

I live in Southern Wisconsin (Milw.area) and just pruned my bushes yesterday down to the ground. Is this much too late? When should I expect to see some growth? I planted my bushes last year and they were absolutely beautiful!! I would hate to have lost them due to pruning too late or too far back to the ground.

Very likely.

By Anonymous

If you've had any new growth that could throw a wrench in any expectations this season.

Seems to be fading

By Anonymous

My butterfly bush, which is about 10 years old, has not been flowering as well for the last 2 years. I did notice that the leaves were ragged last summer--but I'm not sure what insect was eating them. It seems slow in leafing out this spring. I live in northwestern RI. Any recommendations?

Size

By Anonymous

Does the butterfly bush come in a dwarf size? I'd like it to be no higher than 3 feet.

Yes! Lo and Behold Blue Chip

By gardenbug

Yes! Lo and Behold Blue Chip grows no taller than 2-3 feet and it flowers all summer long. Happy gardening!

HELP PLEASE!

By Anonymous

My husband trimmed my 4 year old butterfly bush last fall in late fall about 2 feet above the ground. The bush shows no signs of life this spring. Should I trim it back a little more to stimulate growth? Normally it is a little green by now. I live in southern Wisconsin.

Butterfly still grounded...

By Almanac Staff

Give it time. Don't do anything else. It should come back, even if (per above) you didn't cut it right to the ground. (From where we are it looks as though parts of Wisconsin and surrounding areas are having either a long winter or a late spring, what with cold conditions. This bush might just be getting a slow start.

Pruning the spent flowers

By Anonymous

Where on the plant do I prune the spent flowers? Right at the bottom of the stem or down further on the stem?

daedheading

By Almanac Staff

Remove at the bottom of the flower stem.

daedheading

By Almanac Staff

Remove at the bottom of the flower stem.

I ordered a butterfly bush by

By Anonymous

I ordered a butterfly bush by mail and it has arrived. Problem is we are going to be in the upper 20's, so I can't plant it yet. Should I plant in a pot until the frosty nights are gone?

plant in a pot?

By Almanac Staff

No—do not plant it until you are relatively certain that spring is here. If it seems like it might be more than a week or so, sure, put it into a pot. In the meantime, keep the roots wrapped as they were shipped (or something like it: newspaper and then lightly bound in plastic) and damp with, say a spray bottle. Don't set the plant into a bucket of water.

When to transplant in zone 5?

By Anonymous

Hi all,
I wanted to buy a butterfly bush from a planter at Lowe's but I didn't know when I should transplant it. I can't keep it in the house because my 3-year old kills plants. When is the earliest I can plant in zone 5?

You can plant the bush as

By Almanac Staff

You can plant the bush as soon as you have no more frosty nights. Add a little mulch around the plant to keep moisture in the soil and protect the roots.

Long lasting

By Anonymous

We planted two bushes from 12" pots about ten years ago, they have done fantastic. We took some cutting in the fourth year, put them in water first then plant, they are also beautiful. We cut them to about three foot and the end of the Season/Blooms. Now, I'm thinking of starting a Butterfly Bush farm. Starting some cuttings in my small greenhouse. Will let you know how they do.

butterfly bush

By Anonymous

I made a 7 foot circular raised bed with stone on edge about 8 inches high I doomed the center of the bed approximately 4 inches higher then the out circumfrance of the bed cause it likes good drainage and like somewhat dry conditions and we are in low land by a swamp I I was careful to dig a 4 inch to 6 inch deep ditch around the bed inside and outside and filled it with some sand and loose scrap stone and covered it with old plastic grocery bags so soil would not clog it up and stop good drainage then I filled it back in and cover it up lawn is growing over it and you never would know I had that good drainage there!!I put plenty of compost I got for $20 a pick up truck load and bone meal and natural slow break down soil admendments its been there for 4 years now and what is amazing when I first year transplanted it I had fantastic growth and blossoms it is still doing great by the way I have a big comphrey hedge so I put alot of comphrey leaves in the soil when I planted it!Oh by the way I let it self seed and even thou it is a very large plant with deep violet blue flowers the new plants that came from it were white and blue mixed on the same flowers it look beautiful I'm thinking of propagating it and selling my own plants I never expected that to happen a pleasant beautiful surprise! If you want some seed I safed alot of them my email is gfjbthllr@yahoo.com drop me a line and share some of your wisdom and success with me aswell Im Georgie from Connecticut zone 5

CT seeds

By Anonymous

By any chance, are you anywhere near southeastern CT? I would love some seed.

butterfly bush seed

By Anonymous

I would absolutely love some seed if u still have any, i so love this plant i live in nh and i love my hummingbirds and they love this plant , i want many more , i also have seed for trade if u r looking for anything
katrina

When to prune?

By Anonymous

I live in California,I see that the information says to prune the Butterfly bushes all the way back in Spring. I noticed that all of my bushes have new baby leaves all over the branches. Do I still prune back all of the branches with the new leaves growing. Thanks for the information.

butterfly bush pruning

By Almanac Staff

It may seem contrary but all of our sources indicate that even in warm climates, the butterfly bush should be pruned to close to the ground in early spring. In your climate that could have been in January, so do it as soon as you can. the plant is more prolific and the flowers are larger on new wood. Best wishes!

Thank you

By Anonymous

Thank you

Late pruning.

By Anonymous

I live in Georgia and we've had a mild winter so far.I haven't cut my bushes back yet. Should I cut them back now or wait till Spring?

Do not prune butterfly bush

By Almanac Staff

Do not prune butterfly bush in early winter, regardless of temperatures. Wait until you are closer to spring, such as early March.

Buddleia bloom time zone 10

By Anonymous

Does anyone know what month the buddleias bloom in zone 10?

Bloom Time

By Almanac Staff

In general, Buddleia davidii blooms in midsummer in warmer climates. Other species, such as B. x weyeriana, bloom in spring and/or early summer. A few bloom in late winter, such as B. asiatica. Bloom times can also vary according to local climate. You might ask a local nursery about what the bloom times are for these plants in your area.

butterfly bush seeds.

By Anonymous

Is it possible to buy butterfly bush seeds.....????? I want to take them to friends who are unable to purchase the bush where they live.

Butterfly Bush seeds

By Anonymous

Park Seed sells them. I just ordered some.

My butterfly bush broke off at the root.

By Anonymous

My butterfly bush broke off at the roots . a little of the root is still in the ground will it come back next year.

Your butterfly bush will grow

By Almanac Staff

Your butterfly bush will grow back as long as the crown of the shrub, which is where the stems emerge from the root system, is still intact.

small butterfly bush in a hanging basket

By Anonymous

I bought a butterfly bush this summer in a hanging basket. It is a beautiful 12 inch plant and has been blooming ever since I brought it home. I wonder when would be the best time of year to plant it in the ground. I live in Zone 7.

Fall is a good time to

By Almanac Staff

Fall is a good time to transplant a butterfly bush. It prefers moist, well-drained soil and partial to full sun. Add some compost to the soil prior to planting. In the spring prune the bush while it is still dormant.

Can I tie my butterfly bush??

By Anonymous

Can I tie my butterfly bush?? It seemed to grow out into the yard.. I planted it in early spring , looks great but getting hard to cut in front of it.

It's a good idea to tie up

By Almanac Staff

It's a good idea to tie up some of the branches that grow out into your lawn. In early spring prune the side branches leaving just a few of the main stems in the center of the bush. Some people prune the bush all the way down to the ground before new growth starts in the spring.

Thanks -that's just the

By WEisenhower

Thanks -that's just the question I was wondering. Thanks for the tip!

LATE SUMMER, DYING FLOWERS

By Anonymous

My butterfly bush is big and beautiful and I just love it. However i have noticed this year that the flowers are dying early and I'm not sure if I should prune the dead flowers off the bush now in late summer in Indiana or leave alone and prune back to base in late winter.

Removing spent flowers

By Almanac Staff

For butterfly bush, it's OK at any time to remove flowers that have recently died (called deadheading). This will encourage more blossoms to develop during the bloom season (which usually ends sometime in October) and prevent the plant from focusing its energy on forming seeds. Usually when flowers die, it means that they have been pollinated and are starting to form seeds, or they have reached the end of their life cycle. Occasionally, it might mean an insect, disease, or cultural problem (such as excessive heat or freezing), but it's unlikely in this case, since the actual bush is doing well. No matter what the cause, it won't hurt the plant if you'd like to prune off the spent flowers.

Dying Bush?

By Anonymous

I live in Southern Ontario and have recently planted a butterfly bush. It's been almost 2 weeks since I've planted it and now it looks like it might be dying. Is this normal or something I can prevent? I absolutely love the bush and planted it in my front garden where it gets lots of sun. The lady at the gardening center recommended that I mix the soil with bone meal and line the hole I dug for the bush, prior to planting. I've watered at least twice a week if it hasn't rained recently. What else can I do to keep it living?

Butterfly bush is a very

By Almanac Staff

Butterfly bush is a very tough plant. It usually grows well with little water and no fertilizer. It does die back in the winter but will start showing new growth in spring. Prune the bush after your last frost in the spring and when you see new leaves on the plant.

Butterfly bush

By Anonymous

I am in Southern Ontario and thought I had lost my butterfly bush in March as we had unseasonally hot weather, it was in full leaf. We had a devasting frost and everything was gone. It came back and is just incredible with blooms, butterflies and a couple of hummingbirds. Just love it.

North Eastern Ontario planting Butterfly Bush

By Anonymous

I have planted 2 bushes this summer and they are doing well. Hoping that they will survive our winter. I will cover with a good mulch and hope for more snow cover this winter

Good idea to mulch the

By Almanac Staff

Good idea to mulch the bushes. Remember to prune them back after your last frost in the spring and they should do fine.

I planted my butterfly bush

By Anonymous

I planted my butterfly bush in June,
we have recently had a lot of rain, the bush looks as though it is dying, any suggestions?

Which zone are you in?

By Almanac Staff

Which zone are you in? Butterfly bush is hardy to zone 4. This plant doesn't usually die quickly; problems are often due to 1) how well the original plant overwintered and transplanted and/or 2) lack of the FULL SUN it craves. That said, do not over-water. They are drought-tolerant and need good drainage, too. Try cutting back hard in late winter or early spring and see if it recovers.

Minimum care, maximum beauty

By Anonymous

I have about 10 butterfly bushes planted in my landscape. They are always covered with the most colorful butterflies, large bumble bees, and the occasional hummingbird. These bushes are the envy of the neighborhood. A little trimming here and there keep them looking manicured, although not needed for full flower production. This is one easy plant to have accent your outdoor spaces.

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