• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Partial Sun
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Average Landscape Size
    Compact grower to 5 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Key Feature
    Attractive Flowers
    Blooms:
    Flowering Time
    Mid-summer through fall
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:BUD-lee-a da-VID-i
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    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
    Flower attributesFragrant, Showy Flowers
    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
    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. For a formal appearance, shear annually after flowering.Pruning time: fall after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Partial Sun
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    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.
    Lore:
    Butterfly bushes are the most important butterfly lure plants. Adults of all species flock to the blossoms to feed on the nectar.