• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing 6 to 8 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Attractive Flowers
    Blooms:
    Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:BUD-lee-a da-VID-i
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing 6 to 8 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Variegated
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower color:Pink
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleCottage
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Design IdeasA striking shrub for adding summer interest to shrub borders. Plant in the back of cottage or country garden perennial borders for mass with a casual look and feel. Use against over-long fence lines that need relief. Interesting airy filler for sideyards where privacy is needed and windows are rewarded by close range views of flowers and butterflies. Essential large structural background for wildlife friendly compositions. Fast growing solution to barrenness of newly constructed homes.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep extentsive 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:
    <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
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    In the Summer of 1997, nurseryman Philip Turrell discovered this branch sport of Buddleia davidii 'Pink Delight' in his greenhouse. With its' striking yellow, white and green variegated foliage, and contrasting pink flowers nodding from the branch tips, he knew it was a winner. This favorite plant of butterflies will dazzle sunny spots in the garden for all to enjoy. Butterfly bush was first introduced to the west from China by Jesuit missionary botanist, Armand David, for whom the species was named. They were sent to the Jardin des Plantes in France and did not reach England 1896.
    Lore:
    Butterfly bush is named for its ecological relationship to butterflies. It's large flowers draw all species which seek its rich source of nectar. It is native to China and found in wetland habitats along the banks of streams and rivers.