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Butterfly Bush

Plant Type: Dormant, bare-root

Zones:  4-9

Soil Type:  Clay, Loamy & Sandy Soils

Site Selection: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Mature Height & Width:  5-7' Height and 5-7' Spread

Growth Rate:  Fast - 24" or more per year once established

Moisture Requirements: Average

Plant Characteristics

Butterfly Bush


The Butterfly Bush does exactly what you would guess by it's name, attracts butterflies. It also attracts hummingbirds. This is your grandparents Butterfly Bush, it has been around forever! The flowers on this perennial are elongated purple blossoms, nearly the same color as a Lilac. The Butterfly Bush will bloom in summer and continue blooming well into fall. In the midwest, cut it back to the ground in the fall or spring to keep it compact. Use as a landscape plant or windbreak filler. The Butterfly Bush is a perennial; it will grow and bloom each year.

The Butterfly Bush puts on a beautiful display of elongated flowers which various butterflies and hummingbirds truly enjoy. Long spikes of flowers make this a beautiful choice as part of the landscape or areas you want to naturalize. This is a good addition to your butterfly garden. While this bush provides nectar for mature butterflies, it does not provide food for butterfly larvae. The Butterfly Bush will grow about 5 to 7' high and wide if left untrimmed. 

Common uses for the Butterfly Bush include:

  • Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds
  • Beautiful flowers
  • Perennial plant in the landscape
  • Naturalizing an open space

The Butterfly Bush if a heavy flowering bush that attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your home and garden. 

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