The Butterfly Bush, a Sunny Shrub with Flowers that Attract Butterflies.

Part of the You Can Learn Landscaping and Gardening series.
By Ken Brown
August 7, 2005

The Butterfly Bush is a hardy perennial that flowers during the summer and lasts in your garden until late in the season. Your garden will attract butterflies with the butterfly bush. The first year it gets its roots but by the second year it is putting out beautiful clumps of flowers. This sunny shrub has flowers that attract butterflies.

Each clump of flowers grows 6 to 8 inches long, with tiny perfect little flowers. Produces a nice fragrance and is also known as the Summer Lilac. The leaves of a butterfly bush are a different shade of green, some call it blue green, and will offer a nice offset color to the rest of the garden.

Since it grows up to 8 feet high, works well as a backdrop to other plants in the garden. Despite winter wear, it grows back fast once weather warms up. You can cut stems back to 6 inches in spring.

Perennial Full Sun
Could die to ground in winter; Requires moist not wet soil
Grows to 6 to 8 feet high Grows 6 to 8 feet wide
Flowers from early summer to late fall Colors of Lilac, purple, white and pink
Attracts birds, bees and butterflies When blumes fade cut to a lower side shoot

Click on Butterfly Bush Flower photo to see larger photo.
Flower of the Butterfly Bush.
Flower blooms of a Butterfly Bush

The following link shows a full size photo of the Butterfly Bush. This photo was taken in early summer before the plant had time to fill out.

The Butterfly Bush is a fast growing perennial that works well with direct sunlight. The butterfly bush will attract birds, butterflies and bees.

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