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Potter's Purple Butterfly Bush

Buddleja davidii 'Potter's Purple'

Abundant 8-inch long purple flower panicles occur at the tips. Lance-shaped dark green leaves with silvery underside. Blossoms are a butterfly nectar source and lightly fragrant. Good fast-growing foundation shrub or background for borders. Deciduous.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.


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Botanical PronunciationBUD-lee-uh da-VID-ee-eye
LoreDespite the fact that it is a Chinese native, Buddleja is a key nectar plant for America butterflies and belongs in all butterfly and wildlife gardens.
Average Size at Maturity6 to 8 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeAll summer if deadheaded
Design IdeasBig butterfly bushes make exceptional background foliage and flowers for more detailed foreground planting. Can be used as an informal hedge, screen or visual barrier. Belongs in wildlife gardens as a valuable nectar source. Rangy looks is perfectly matched with cottage style plantings.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeFragrant, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorPurple
Foliage ColorDark Green
Garden StyleCottage
Growth HabitArching
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseFirescaping/Firewise, Windbreak
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsFor a riot of old fashioned cottage garden charm, plant with Magnus Purple Coneflower, (Echinacea purpureus 'Magnus'), Eveline Meadow Sage, (Salvia x 'Eveline'), Mandarin Honeysuckle, (Lonicera x 'Mandarin') and Fanfare Blanket Flower, (Gaillardia x 'Fanfare').

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. Cut back hard in early spring, flowers in summer on new growth.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-9

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