Butterfly Bush Hints

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 M. from Elk Grove, CA

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February 15, 20180 found this helpful

If you want to grow a butterfly bush but hesitate because of their potentially large size, you should know there now are many dwarf varieties available. Some are small enough to be grown in containers.

As an added note, if you are expecting the blooms of the butterfly bush to have a nice fragrance, you will be disappointed. Their scent is very similar to that of prepared mustard.

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