• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Compact, mounding habit; reaches 4 to 5 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Fragrant Summer Flowers
    Blooms:
    Summer through Fall
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:BUD-lee-a
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Growth habit:Mounding
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Compact, mounding habit; reaches 4 to 5 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Summer through Fall
    Flower color:Purple
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Design IdeasA vital component of wildlife and butterfly habitat gardens. Gorgeous flowers deserve placement in foundation plantings where flowers are held near windows to enjoy butterfly visitors from indoors. A good background for perennial and mixed borders. Add to old fashioned flowering shrub compositions for Victorian, country and cottage landscapes. Makes an interesting informal screen along property lines that's not too dense to allow air and light to pass through. Ideal for large rural and suburban sites.
    Companion PlantsBlack-Eyed-Susan (Rudbeckia); Milkweed (Asclepias); Salvia (Salvia); Heliotrope (Heliotropium); Tickseed (Coreopsis); Coneflower (Echinacea)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Prefers well-drained, fertile soil. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Clip spent flowers to promote continued bloom. May die to the ground in colder zones, regrowing from the roots in spring. Elsewhere, prune in late fall or early spring. Feed in spring.Pruning time: blooms on new wood; prune in early spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Miss Violet is the recipient of a Green Thumb Award, presented by the Direct Gardening Association.
    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. This Chinese native can be found in thickets and wetland habitats along rivers and streams, where Jesuit missionaries, the first westerners to enter that region, discovered it.

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