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Buddleja sp.

butterfly bush (Buddleja sp.)
Buddleja sp.
Common Names butterfly bush
Family Butterfly bush
Plant Type Shrub
Native No
Weed Yes

butterfly bush (Buddleja sp.)
butterfly bush (Buddleja sp.)
butterfly bush (Buddleja sp.)
butterfly bush (Buddleja sp.)
butterfly bush (Buddleja sp.)

Butterfly bush (Buddleja davidii) is a common plant used in gardening. It is extremely hardy and easy to grow, to the point that when grown near natural settings it can spread to become a weed. This bush is commonly found near railways, roads, and other places with disturbed soil. Butterfly bush is more of a weed in western Oregon than in the Snake River Plain. Butterfly bushes got their common name from there ability to attract butterflies and moths with their sweet nectar. These plants also attract bees and hoverflies. The genus name came from the explorer/scientist who brought these plants to England from China named Reverend Adam Buddle. Those with allergies should be careful when planting Butterfly bush as it is prone to irritating those with allergies. Butterfly Bush blooms in summer and if pruned correctly could have another bloom in the fall. Colors include pink, fuchsia (red-purple), light blue, violet/lavender white/near white. The butterfly-bush has dark green lance-shaped leaves, which are white on the undersides. The flowers are densely arranged in flower spikes.


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Dr. Clinton C. Shock
Clinton.Shock@oregonstate.edu

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