Butterfly Bush Seeds - Violet
USDA Zones: 5 - 9
Height: 72 - 96
Bloom Season: Summer and fall
Bloom Color: Violet
Environment: Full sun
Soil Type: Moist, well-drained
Deer Resistant: Yes
Temperature: 66 - 75F
Average Germ Time: 14 - 21 days
Light Required: Yes
Depth: Lighlty press seed onto soil, do not cover
Sowing Rate: 3 - 4 seeds per plant
Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination
Plant Spacing: 48 - 72 inches
Care & Maintenance: Butterfly Bush
Butterfly Bush (Buddleia Davidii Violet) - Start Butterfly Bush seeds and grow this tall perennial that is both a hardy plant and a beautiful addition to the flower garden. Also known as Summer Lilac, it is a butterfly-attracting, aromatic bush that has narrow branches supporting lilac-like clusters of blossoms. You might even attract a hummingbird or two to this sweet-scented perennial bush.
Butterfly Bush readily establishes from flower seed, and its growth rate is considered to be fast and vigorous. Sow Butterfly Bush seeds indoors several weeks before the last frost. Transplant the seedlings after danger of frost has passed. After the Summer Lilac Butterfly Bush is established from flower seed it is fairly drought tolerant and it is usually resistant to deer.
Butterfly Bush care would include following a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Cut the plant back hard (down to 10 inches) in early spring. The Butterfly Bush flowers on new growth and will have more blooms and larger blooms when cut back. Deadheading the spent blooms will also help prevent unwanted spread of Buddleia.