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Butterfly bushes are wonderful, large bushes with all different colors of flowers. If you buy one from a garden center (in a pot), you will know what you'll get for flowers. Be aware that they get very big (at least in California they do). They like full sun, once established, they don't need much water at all. They will attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and bumble bees. I prune mine "hard" every winter, down to knee-high, so they don't get totally out of hand. The one winter I did not prune, they reached 15 feet tall! I have a tri-color (white, lilac, deep purple) and a yellow bush, and love them. They transplant fairly well, and will spread via roots and seeds.
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By Eileen from Elk Grove, CA
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My plants are all woody and look dead. Are they or are they just not growing at this time in May? I live in the north.
I trim my butterfly bushes down in early Spring to about 8 inches. It takes awhile, but they will start to grow from the ground up when the weather warms. I live in the North as well, and they do look like they are dead in the Spring, but they are not.
I'm wondering if a vole or mole attacked it from under the ground. If so, will it make it back this year? The picture of it was taken last spring. I put repellent around it and that has saved other plants from the critters.
Hardiness Zone: 6b
By Susan from Florissant, MO
Try cutting the bush down to the ground and see if that does the trick. I cut mine back every spring and then it takes off, by fall it's about 5 feet tall again.
Butterfly Bushes often die back to the ground in colder climates. You don't have that happen every year there in Florissant (I used to live in Ferguson) but you may have been colder than average or had more fluctuations last winter. Many people just treat them like perennials instead of shrubs, and prune to the ground in spring, regardless.
So, don't worry about it. Just cut it back, feed and mulch it and stand back! It will grow fast. The blooms may be slightly later, but may actually be larger.
My daughter received a little package of butterfly bush seeds at a wedding recently. How do I plant them?
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Yay! You lured one. Maybe there will be more.
With all the craziness in the world there is still some beauty to be found. Instead of chasing this guy around the yard with a net, I caught him with my camera. Not only is the Butterfly Bush as flashy as a fireworks display, but it is also sweetly fragrant and attracts the nicest characters.
What a beautiful picture! I haven't been having a good few days, but just looking at that picture made me feel better! There is wonder and beauty all around us if we are open to appreciating it. Thanks for sending it!
Butterfly on Butterfly Bush in my backyard.
By Mary Lou from Abingdon, MD
I had a huge butterfly bush for years. All of a sudden it just died, one spring it just did not come back, I miss it. I just love your pics, thanks for sharing.