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Buddleja alternifolia

Fountain Butterfly Bush

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This weeping shrub, native to China, needs full sun to partial shade and moderate moisture conditions to reach a height of 15 feet. In May to June it produces showy lilac-purple blooms that attract butterflies. The drooping spikes can be 12-15 inches long. This butterfly bush grows much larger than the common davidii cultivars and is less likely to die back during winter. Because it blooms on old wood, it should only be pruned after flowering. It can be used as a specimen or as a barrier planting because its size.

Plant Shape
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Bloom Time
May - June
Bloom Color
Lavender, Purple
Landscape Use
Screen/Hedge, Specimen Plant
Wildlife Interest
Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies
Plant Type
Hardiness Zone
5 - 9