Buddleia

Butterfly bush. Shrubs.

Butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii) is a deciduous shrub producing long spikes of bloom in midsummer. In severe climates it tends to die back to the roots over winter: where this does not occur, cut plants back to near ground level to promote healthy growth and flowering.

Buddleias thrive in rich, loamy soil in full sun. They are remarkably free of insect and disease problems. Japanese beetles have been known to attack them, but rarely severely. Handpicking or inoculating your lawn with milky disease spores will usually suffice; stronger control methods can endanger the butterflies that these plants attract.

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