The species plant grows to be 6 to 12 feet tall with a. Growing conditions also impact the plant s mature size.
A few showy visitors include zebra eastern tailed blue and.
Butterfly bush plants magnet for swallowtails controversy. Meadow blazingstar liatrus ligulistylis an undisputed monarch butterfly magnet. Courtesy janine burke eastern tiger swallowtail on butterfly bush i have difficulty overwintering butterfly bush buddleia and end up replanting most of them each year says deanna frautschi of bloomington illinois any tips for better success patience is the key. It s a magnet for all the butterflies who pass through your garden seeking nectar.
From skippers and sulphurs to monarchs and swallowtails ultra violet swarms with activity. Acuminata a synonym of a. With a name like butterfly bush you might expect a plant to be attractive to butterflies.
It also has attractive flowers. So why is growing it controversial. Taxonomy traits of butterfly bush plants plant taxonomy classifies butterfly bush as buddleia davidii.
Get the right buddleia. Many butterfly gardeners plan their garden around buddleia pronounced bud lee ah a genus that includes over 100 species and cultivars. Plant taxonomy classifies butterfly bush as buddleia davidii.
Decades of american horticulture experience shows it stays contained and doesn t self seed. Alternifolia is much more polite. Guest rant by claire jones butterfly bush buddleia davidii has been widely bashed from garden writers ecologists and conservationists.
An assortment of swallowtails can also be found fluttering among salvia blossoms. Also adapted to our region. True to their common name butterfly bush buddleias are pollinator magnets.
Fortunately a related species of butterfly bush b. Facts about butterfly bush. Richmond butterfly vine pararistolochia praevenosa.
Attacked from all sides by master gardeners and other garden professionals i am sticking to my guns on the benefits and pleasures of planting it. It s treated by gardeners as a perennial flower but botanically speaking it s considered a shrub. Prairie onion allium stellatum does well in dry conditions and easy to grow from seed.
All birdwing species and the red bodied swallowtail. That is the complaint. Learn about the benefits and drawbacks of this plant before deciding whether or not to grow it.
This is a food plant of all birdwing species and of the red bodied and clearwing swallowtails and it is the one most widely grown in townsville gardens. Attractive good nectar source for bees. Cupplant silphium perfoliatum a tall long blooming plant damon always see monarchs and swallowtails feeding on these plants.
In fact few garden plants have caused so much controversy in recent years as b. It is sold by the bush garden nursery under the name a. There are many cultivars of butterfly bush and exact traits vary from cultivar to cultivar.
Allow your plants to stand over winter to increase their winter hardiness you ll enjoy the winter interest too. An invasive thug that only provides sugar water. Butterfly bush is a magnet for swallowtails monarchs and other butterflies.
Cupplant attractive and long lasting. Bring on the butterflies buddleja butterfly bushes buddleja daviddii selections have been extremely popular and successful plants for pollinator gardens in many parts of the country unfortunately this popularity ease of growth and abundant seed set have also caused them to become a menace particularly in wetlands in warmer climates. In fact it s more than attractive.