Buddleja is a shrub that offers magnificent bunches of flowers that attract butterflies.
Basic Buddleja facts
Name – Buddleja
Family – Scrophulariaceae
Type – shrub
Height – 6 to 13 feet (2 to 4 meters)
Exposure – full sun
Soil – ordinary, rather rich
Foliage – deciduous
Flowering – July to October
Planting, care and pruning are practices that will boost blooming and growth for the buddleja.
Preferably in fall or spring if purchased in a container.
For the first few weeks after planting, water often to ensure proper settling in.
Choose a location that is in full sun but stays cool.
- Follow our guidance for planting buddleja
Propagation for Buddleja
To ensure you get an exact copy of the mother shrub, prepare a cutting from it in the middle of summer (softwood cutting).
- To remodel your buddleja:
Prune the shoots from the previous year’s growth while ensuring the buddleja has a nice bearing.
- To frankly rejuvenate your buddleja:
Cut back as much as you wish, it will grow back even nicer.
However, if your goal is to ensure maximum blooming, don’t let the soil under the shrub stay dry for more than 3-4 days.
Learn more about Buddleja
Also called “butterfly bush“, buddleja blooms in summer for the greatest joy of butterflies!
Forming cute panicles with colors ranging from white and red to pink and purple, this shrub is perfect to plant as a hedge. It also stands out great as a standalone or in a shrub bed.
Not only are the flowers a boon for butterflies: some, like the “large white” butterfly, also lay their eggs on its leaves!
Smart tip about Buddleja
Cut short from November onwards. This will give your shrub even more vigor!
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