• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water weekly, or more often in extreme heat, until established.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Quick, compact growth to 5 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Showy Flower Clusters
    Midsummer through Fall
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:BUD-lee-a da-VID-i
    Plant type:Shrub
    Sunset climate zones:3 - 24, 28 - 35, 37, 39
    Growth habit:Compact
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Quick, compact growth to 5 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Gray-green
    Blooms:Midsummer through Fall
    Flower color:Purple
    Design IdeasDwarf butterfly bush is perfect for bringing butterflies into the garden and up close to the house. Use in side yards 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 home sites. 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 PlantsTickseed (Coreopsis); Bee Balm (Monarda); Coneflower (Echinacea); Butterfly Weed (Asclepias); Salvia (Salvia); Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Prefers well-drained, fertile soil. Provide regular, deep waterings during first season to develop an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Clip spent flowers to promote continued bloom. May die back in harsh winter climates, though roots are hardy; in mild winter regions prune in late fall or early spring to rejuvenate.Pruning time: in mild winter areas: fall after flowering or late winter.
    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.