The Butterfly Bush
The butterfly bush is formerly known as the Buddleia, or Buddleja. The Buddleia Davidii is the most common species offered in nurseries and garden stores. The butterfly bush has an upright growth, with long branches that are topped by graceful clusters of tiny flowers. Their flowers will lure hummingbirds and butterflies.
Butterfly bushes are a hardy plant, able to survive in zone 5. They can survive winters where the temperature falls to minus 20 degrees, or grown in warmer climates where the winter temperatures rarely dip below freezing.
The flowers colors may have red or blue in the name, but the flowers actually are shades of dark purple, pink, or white. Some plants, such as the Black Night Buddleia, are fast growing and will easily reach fifteen feet in height, so care should be taken in their placement. Others, such as the Royal Red, are much shorter and will only grow to about six feet.
Due to their height and quick growth rates, Butterfly plants are great selections for planting next to houses, along fences where privacy is desired, or at the back of a garden where they can provide additional interest. They can also be grown in pots on a patio for strategic areas of shade.
Anyone wanting a taller, flowering bush to adorn their garden, or a plant that will attract winged visitors, is sure to be pleased with the Butterfly Bush.