Buddleja davidii

Botanical Name: Buddleja davidii

Phonetic: Bud-lee-uh duh-VI-dee-eye

Common Name(s): Butterfly Bush/Summer Lilac

Family: Scrophulariaceae
Origin: China, Japan
Plant Type: Shrub
Persistence: Deciduous

Leaf Type: Simple, finely toothed, lanceolate                                             
Leaf Color: Sage green above and white tomentose beneath
Texture:  Medium
Density: Dense
Bloom Season: May-August
Flower Color(s): Lilac to purple, pink, white, red with orange-yellow throats

Exposure: Full sun
USDA: 5-9
Growth Rate: Fast growing plant                                             
Height: 6-12 Feet
Spread: 4-15 Feet
Hydrozone: 2
Soil: Average, medium moisture, well-drained soil, sandy soil

Features: Showy flowers, attracts butterflies and hummingbirds, attracts beneficial insects!, good cut flowers, fragrant, does poorly in wet conditions, breaks down quickly in compost, flashy colors, needs some space
Uses: Summer to fall flowers when few other shrubs are in bloom. Borders, cottage gardens, rose gardens or butterfly gardens, foundations, popular fresh cut flower. Usually does not make a good single specimen shrub.

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