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Buddleja sp., Butterfly Bush

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 Buddleja sp.
Family: Buddlejaceae   (Formerly:Scrophulariaceae)
Butterfly Bush
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterPink flowersWhite/off-white flowersBlue/lavender/purple flowersYellow/orange flowersFragrantAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsUnknown name

Flower color varies widely, with white, pink, red, purple, orange or yellow flowers produced by different species and cultivars; they are rich in nectar and often strongly scented.

Species and varieties:

Buddleja cordata

Buddleja davidii

Buddleja globosa

Buddleja indica

Buddleja madagascariensis

Buddleja paniculata

Buddleja saligna


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Buddleja sp., Butterfly Bush

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Buddleja cordata
Buddleja sp., Butterfly Bush

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Buddleja cordata
Buddleja sp., Butterfly Bush

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Buddleja sp., Butterfly Bush

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Buddleja sp., Butterfly Bush

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Buddleja globosa
Buddleja sp., Butterfly Bush

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Buddleja globosa
Buddleja sp., Butterfly Bush

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Buddleja sp., Butterfly Bush

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Stephen B. Clayton
Largo, FL - USA
USDA Zone:9b
19 Jun 2008
Buddleia indica is a fast-growing shrub - mine usually grows about 8-10 feet per season. Ground-roots *readily*, so be aware of shoots touching soil if you wish to avoid accidentals. I have had poor results from propagation by cuttings, whether hardwood, softwood or whatever, as only 1 in 20 survives long enough to establish.

Makes an ideal hedge if given monthly attention - this plant *loves* to be sheared! It seems the more I cut it back, the thicker and stronger it becomes. Has a tendency to become somewhat "leggy" if upper growth allowed to establish, but fills out quickly when pruned. Can be cut back to ground level and will re-establish rapidly.

Tolerates bare-rooting very well - I have (accidentally) left plants bare-rooted in Florida sun for a day or so and they still grow.

Growth habit is variably bushy, upright, spreading. Vigorous shoots. Flowers small, four-petaled, cream-colored, trumpet shaped with a mildly objectionable odor, but fragrant only after sunset. Fruit small (1/4 - 3/8 inch), cream color, somewhat persistent. Bark reddish-brown, papery. Interesting leaf shape. Fertilizer requirements minimal, but tends to become chlorotic in poor soils - best leaf color achieved by a slow release fertilizer low in Nitrogen. Tolerates severe growing conditions - drought, extreme sun, high heat and humidity - very well and will survive a freeze. Thrives in a *wide* range of soil types and will withstand occasional flooding.

This is a tough-but-attractive plant, extremely hardy and suited for many uses. It is not a "tame" plant and will require care if used as landscaping to ensure it does not get out of hand and dominate the area. It is useful as a field planting to provide bird and insect habitat.

In fact, you can do many things with this plant. The single thing that is *difficult* to do to this plant is to kill it!


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