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Butterfly bush

Buddleja davidii

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Butterfly bush is part of the Buddleja (Butterfly Bush) genus. Its scientific name is Buddleja davidii.

Buddleja davidii is a heavily flowering shrub that grows in a wide range of conditions – a great addition for a low maintenance garden. This plant prefers a sunny position, with well drained soil.

It is a flowering non-edible ornamental / flower that typically grows as a perennial, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of three years or more.

Butterfly bush normally grows with a shrubby habit to a mature height of 1.80 metres (that's 5.85 feet imperial). This plant tends to bloom in mid summer.

This plant is a great attractor for butterflies and birds, so if you are looking to attract wildlife Butterfly bush is a great choice.

China is believed to be where Butterfly bush originates from.

Butterfly bush is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Butterfly bush have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Butterfly bush

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Budleias bloom on new wood so it is wise to cut them to the ground in early spring to promote lots of flowers.

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Use Zone 5 - Zone 9 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Butterfly bush tends to grow best in a soil ph of between 6.0 and 6.5 meaning it does best in weakly acidic soil. Keep in mind when planting that Butterfly bush is thought of as hardy, so Butterfly bush will tend to go dormant or grow slowly over the winter months.

See our list of companion Plants for Butterfly bush to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Butterfly bush from seed

May be Winter Sown.

By our calculations*, you should look at sowing Butterfly bush about 56 days before your last frost date .

Transplanting Butterfly bush

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Butterfly bush is a hardy plant.

How long does Butterfly bush take to grow?

These estimates for how long Butterfly bush takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.

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Days to Germination How long does it take Butterfly bush to germinate?
35 days

Average 35 days | Min 18 days | Max 3968 days (4)

Days to Transplant How long until I can plant out Butterfly bush?
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Average days | Min days | Max days (0)

Days to Maturity How long until Butterfly bush is ready for harvest / bloom?
+ 900 days

Average 900 days | Min 16 days | Max 1102 days (11)

Total Growing Days How long does it take to grow Butterfly bush?
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When should I plant Butterfly bush?

Our when to plant Butterfly bush estimates are relative to your last frost date.

Enter your frost dates and we'll calculate your sowing and planting dates for you!

When to sow The number of days to sow Butterfly bush before or after your last frost date.
56 days before Last Frost Date

Other names for Butterfly bush

Orange eye butterflybush, Buddleja

Buddleia davidii

Misspellings: Buddleja , Buddleia davidii

Latest Butterfly bush Reviews

  • Wonderful blooms, tolerates harsh pruning, a veritable butterfly magnet – every garden should have one!

    5 stars

    leafykitti about growing Butterfly bush
  • this was a new purchase this year and it has grown fast! always loaded with blooms. Pretty intense dark purple color.

    5 stars

    Bojickwoman about growing Butterfly bush black knight

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