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Buddleia (Butterfly Bush)

Butterfly bushes prefer full sun and while they are drought tolerant, slightly moist soils produce the happiest plants. They also attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

More Information About Buddleia

Plant Delights Nursery strives to offer a nice selection of distinct butterfly bush (Buddleia; alt. Buddleja) cultivars for sale. These include a wide range of flower colors including white, yellow, pink, magenta, bicolor and the ubiquitous purple / blue butterfly bush. We offer several Buddleia davidii cultivars with their typical cone-shaped flower panicles as well as some more unusual Buddleia species with their yellow and orange globe-shaped flowers or vine-like habit.

The genus Buddleia has an alternate spelling, Buddleja, that is commonly used in the United Kingdom. Don't let the 'j' fool you, Buddleja is pronounced the exact same way as Buddleia (BUD-lee-uh or Buddle-EEE-ya). For you trivia nerds, Buddleia / Buddleja is named for a British taxonomist by the name of Adam Buddle. The use of both Buddleja and Buddleia is an artifact of medieval versions of Latin that used 'j' and 'i' interchangeably. We prefer Buddleia because it looks better than Buddleja and doesn't make us go cross-eyed. The species Buddleia davidii is named for another taxonomist, P.A. David, who first discovered this species in China.

PDN is proud to offer the latest butterfly bush hybrids from renowned breeders such as Dr. Dennis Werner of N.C. State University including his award winning selections, Miss Molly, Lo and Behold, Blue Chip and Miss Ruby Butterfly Bush. Recent trends in butterfly bush breeding include improvements over Buddleia davidii in flower color and shape (especially with red butterfly bushes and yellow butterfly bushes), sterility, and a reduction in plant size. The newest dwarf butterfly bush cultivars are small enough to use in containers or as groundcover plants.

We recommend that you prune your butterfly bush to around 12" tall every spring for the best performance. We like to use butterfly bushes near a path where the honey fragrance of the blooms is evident as we stroll by and where we can observe the tremendous numbers of butterflies and hummingbirds that flock to the flowers. Buddleia are deer-resistant too.

Butterfly bushes prefer full sun and while they are drought tolerant, slightly moist soils produce the happiest plants. Pests like spider mites seem to attack butterfly bushes only when they are stressed due to a poor growing environment. If you keep your buddleia happy and healthy, pests should not be a problem. For those of you in colder climates, select cultivars of Buddleia davidii as it is the hardiest. Some states list Buddleia davidii as a weed because they are unusually prolific in certain areas. If you live in one of these places (Oregon, Washington, England), try growing some of the newer hybrid Buddleia davidii selections that are mostly sterile. When you are ready to buy buddleia (butterfly bush) for your garden, check out our list of buddleia for sale.

Also, check out our in-depth article about Butterfly Bush.