Provided for consumer information—Monrovia is not currently growing this plant.

  • Overview
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Partial Sun
    Partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Average Landscape Size
    Fast grower to 4 to 6 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Key Feature
    Attracts Butterflies
    Blooms:
    Flowering Time
    Mid-summer through fall
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:BUD-lee-a da-VID-i
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Fast grower to 4 to 6 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Gray-green
    Blooms:Mid-summer through fall
    Flower color:Purple
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleCottage, Mediterranean
    Design IdeasA vital component of wildlife and butterfly habitat gardens. Gorgeous flowers deserve placement in foundation plantings where flowers are held near windows to enjoy butterfly visitors from indoors. A good background for perennial and mixed borders. Add to old fashioned flowering shrub compositions for Victorian, country and cottage landscapes. Makes an interesting informal screen along property lines that's not too dense to allow air and light to pass through. Ideal for large rural and suburban sites.
    Companion PlantsCombine with other butterfly favorites such as Red Butterflies Milkweed, (Asclepias tuberosa 'Red Butterflies'), Mango Meadowbrite Coneflower, (Echinacea 'CBG Clone 3'), Confetti Spreading Lantana, (Lantana x 'Moni') and Farmington New York Aster, (Aster novi-belgii 'Baldco').
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Cut back hard in early spring, flowers in summer on new growth.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Partial Sun
    Partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Butterfly bush species are native to Central and South America as well as Southern Africa. This species, B. davidii, from which our modern hybrids descend is native to China where it grows on riverbanks in thickets. It was first described by Jesuit missionaries and the name honors one Pere Armand David. Another Jesuit gathered the first seed and sent it to the French nursery firm of Vilmorin, then Jardin des Plantes in 1896 and finally to Kew and America. Other butterfly bush species are native to Central and South America as well as Southern Africa. It is these crossed with B. davidii that contribute new qualities to the contemporary hybrids.
    Lore:
    Butterfly bushes are the worlds greatest lure for butterflies of all types via its floral nectar.