Moonshadow Butterfly Bush
Moonshadow Butterfly Bush
Buddleja davidii 'Moonshadow'Item #0300 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 9
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Small narrow blue green leaves back long, full spikes of soft lavender, white centered flowers. Terrific fragrance attracts butterflies. Good background or accent plant with a compact habit of growth. Deciduous.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:BUD-lee-a da-VID-iPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Fast grower to 4 to 6 ft. tall and wide.Foliage color:Gray-greenBlooms:Mid-summer through fallFlower color:PurpleFlower attributesShowy FlowersDesign 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').
- CareCare InformationFollow 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:Partial sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory: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.