Buddleia Seed ( Perennial )
Want a guaranteed butterfly and hummingbird magnet? Or, one of the most fragrant of shrubs? Plant a buddleia (butterfly bush).
This fast-growing, deciduous shrub with long, arching shoots will reach heights of 6 to 8 feet. Although the green leaves add a welcome bit of color to any landscape, it is the masses of blossoms-long, seductively spiked trusses-that are special. From summer to autumn, the butterfly bush bears dense panicles, 12 inches or more long, that fill the air with a fruity scent.
At its northern limits, the shrubs can die back, sometimes all the way to the ground. No matter. Butterfly bush is vigorous and undemanding and will send up new shoots, given a sunny location and average garden soil.
3353 Fragrant Butterfly Bush ( Buddleia Davidii )
Fragrant, shades of pink, purple, white, first year flowers in summer, the cornerstone of a butterfly garden. Perennial to zone 5. Grows about 4 feet tall.
IP229 Butterfly Hybrids ( Buddleia davidii )
This mix includes shrubs that will produce blooms in shades of pink, purple, and white that will flower the first year from seed.
If left unpruned shrubs can reach 7-10 feet and will produce long honey-scented blooms that resemble lilacs throughout summer.
Attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds, this easy to grow variety is hardy to zone 5 and thrives in average soil and full sun. Can be pruned in early spring to maintain a smaller size or left to grow to full height for the landscape or larger gardens.
3511 Miss Butterfly ( Buddleia davidii )
Miss Butterfly, a pale violet Buddleia absolutely covered in long, flower-packed stems from early summer until well into fall! Very easy to grow from seed, it is sweetly fragrant and an absolute joy in the sunny garden.
These flowering stems reach a foot long, pointed up and out all over this well-branched shrub. Butterflies flock to them, posing beautifully for you all day long! The blooms begin opening in midsummer in most climates, continuing through mid-fall where autumn is mild. The more you cut for the vase, the more you seem to see, this is an exceptionally heavy-blooming Buddleia, so you have plenty for cutting.
Miss Butterfly reaches about 7 feet high and 5 feet wide at maturity. For a bushier, fuller look and to promote heaviest flowering, cut this shrub down to 6 inches from the ground in late winter. Don't worry about such a severe prune, it pops right back up when the warm spring weather arrives!
IP236 Purple Butterfly ( Buddleia davidii )
A small butterfly bush growning only about 48 inches tall for a compact corner of the landscape. Provides attractive summer to early fall flowers when few other shrubs are in bloom. Grow in borders, cottage gardens, rose gardens or butterfly gardens. Popular fresh cut flower.