• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water weekly, or more often in extreme heat, until established.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Fast growing to 4 to 6 ft. tall, 3 to 5 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Long Bloom Season
    Midsummer through fall.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:BUD-lee-a da-VID-i
    Plant type:Shrub
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Fast growing to 4 to 6 ft. tall, 3 to 5 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Gray-green
    Blooms:Midsummer through fall.
    Flower color:White
    Design IdeasDwarf butterfly bush is perfect for bringing butterflies into the garden and up close to the house. Use in sideyards where flowers are held up at window level. Ideal choice for breaking up long runs of fence. Particularly attractive along picket fences and lattice where airy open character is a good fit. Fast growth is a super filler for newly constructed homesites. An essential in the wildlife and habitat garden. A casual cottage and country garden performer with bonus of butterflies at bloom time for family fun.
    Companion PlantsBee Balm (Monarda); Coneflower (Echinacea); Butterfly Weed (Asclepias); Salvia (Salvia); Russian Sage (Perovskia)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Requires well-drained soil. Water regularly during first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system; requires less water when established. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a formal appearance, shear annually after flowering.Pruning time: fall after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water weekly, or more often in extreme heat, until established.
  • History & Lore
    Buddleja davidii is a species native to China where it grows in thickets on river banks. It was first discovered by Jesuit missionaries, the first westerners to enter that region. This species was named after one missionary botanist, Armand David who sent samples back to Jardin des Plantes in Paris. These remained a French plant until the end of the 19th century when specimens were sent to Kew where they became parent material for 20th century breeding. This plant is one of the dwarf nanohensis group developed by Monrovia Nursery.
    Butterfly bushes are the most important butterfly lure plants. Adults of all species flock to the blossoms to feed on the nectar.