• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly- weekly, or more often in extreme heat. Tolerates drought, once established
    Average Landscape Size:
    Compact grower to 5 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Summer Flowering
    Mid-summer 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:Compact grower to 5 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Gray-green
    Blooms:Mid-summer through fall
    Flower color:Purple
    Garden styleCottage
    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 PlantsThis Butterfly Bush's purple blooms look even prettier combined with the golden shades of Goldsturm Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii 'Goldsturm') or the lighter yellow hues of Moonbeam Threadleaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis verticillata 'Moonbeam'). The dark lavender flowers of Goodwin Creek Gray Lavender (Lavandula dentata 'Goodwin Creek Gray') combine well with the group.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Requires well-drained soil. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed in spring. Clip spent flowers to promote continued bloom. Prune hard in spring to rejuvenate. Mulch in harsh winter areas.; may die to the ground, re-growing from roots.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 regularly- weekly, or more often in extreme heat. Tolerates drought, once 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.