A must for your butterfly garden!
Lightly scented, Buddleias attract butterflies (and hummingbirds) like a magnet. ‘Nanho Blue’ branches support lilac-like clusters of flowers. Also a vigorous, long lasting cut flower. Tiny individual flowers are produced in profusion in long, dense trusses. In cooler zones, Buddleias die back to the ground each year, sending up a dense group of new shoots in late spring that quickly develop into a large shrub.
Butterfly bush is a deciduous to semi-evergreen shrub with a weeping form that can get 6-12′ tall and have a spread of 4-15′. Butterfly bushes have opposite, 6-10″, lance-shaped gray-green leaves on long arching stems. The tiny flowers are irresistible to butterflies. They are borne in long, 8-18″, cone-shaped clusters that droop in a profusion of color and stay abuzz with winged, nectar-feeding insects from late spring until first frost in autumn. The flower clusters can be so profuse that they cause the branches to arch even more. The flowers of many cultivars are sweetly fragrant.