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Buddleia davidii/Orange-Eye Butterfly Bush

Buddleia davidii / Buddleia davidii
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White flowering selection

Full blown flowers and emerging floral stalk indicating bloom over an extended period

Nice orange eyes in purple flower

Pink with the typical orange-eye

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Scientific Name: Buddleia davidii
Common Name: Orange-Eye Butterfly Bush
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 5-8 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Summer
Flower color: Various
Fruit present: Summer
Fruit color: Brown
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Dry
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Plants That Attract Butterflies
Plants That Attract Hummingbirds
Plants with Fragrance
Comments: A hard pruning in early spring followed by a shearing when new growth reaches a few inches results in more compact plant and more flowering branches. Because flowers are produced on new growth, more severe pruning is recommended than for the other species. If not pruned periodically, plants become straggly and unsightly. Nice to use this plant tucked into a shrub border because plants are not that attractive when not in bloom.