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Buddleia alternifolia/Butterfly Bush


Shrub in full flower

Butterfly bush thrive in the Mediterranean-like climate of the west coast

Flowers in late spring

Close-up of blossoms

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Scientific Name: Buddleia alternifolia
Common Name: Butterfly Bush
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 8-10 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Summer
Flower color: Purple
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Dry
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Medium
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants for Xeriscapes
Plants That Attract Butterflies
Plants That Attract Hummingbirds
Plants with Fragrance
Comments: Flowers for two to three months in summer. Easily grown and attracts a large variety and number of butterflies and hummingbirds. Cut back plants in late winter. Old plants can become straggly and unsightly if not groomed periodically. Remove old canes to encourage new, vigorous growth and flowering.