Buddleia alternifolia

Spring Blooming Butterfly Bush

 

The huge lavender flowers spikes are an astonishing 18" in length and drape gracefully down over the bush, covering the shrub in late spring. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 5 - 10
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40", 40 to 50"
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
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Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU 27105

Details

12' tall x 8' wide. The huge lavender flowers spikes are an astonishing 18" in length and drape gracefully over the bush in late spring. This is a very fast growing, cold hardy species of Butterfly Bush that shouldn’t be cut back in the spring like the more familiar Buddleia davidii cultivars. Give it plenty of room because it gets huge! Blooms on previous season’s growth. Prune after blooming is finished. (cutting propagated)
SKU 27105
Common Name Spring Blooming Butterfly Bush
Botanical Name Buddleia alternifolia
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Light Requirements Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color Purple
Mature Height 12' tall
Mature Spread 8' wide
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40", 40 to 50"
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Bee Friendly, Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Prohibited In Oregon, Washington
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Fall shipping begins the week of September 6, zones 3-4 first. Most plant orders arrive within 3-5 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

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High Country GardensBuddleia alternifolia
 
4.7

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4.0

awesome growth

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Buddleia alternifolia:

      My two butterfly bushes have grown amazingly fast. The growth may be a little TOO fast, or maybe I just don't know how to prune it. Too many branches are too close to the ground and and the long branches are very limber. So, in the second summer, they still don't have an upright habit. I know the timing to prune on these is important for the next year's bloom, but I'm still hoping for something that stands taller and more upright.

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      5.0

      Amaizing growth rate!

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      from Rinconada NM

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      • Accurate Instructions
      • Attractive
      • Hardy
      • Healthy

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        • Lawn
        • Outdoors

        Comments about High Country Gardens Buddleia alternifolia:

        We have an area in our landscape that's too extreme for most plants. The plants we purchased from High Country have always been the hardiest plants for tough spaces. Out of the box this was a tiny twig, somewhat broken it looked sad (thumb sized) and we thought it might not make it. Be sure to give them the space required in the instructions. This grew to about 3ft tall and 4 ft wide in only a few months. I have no doubt next season it will fill the 8ft area and grow eventually to 12ft. as described. The instructions HCG gives are on point. Love them!

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        5.0

        BIG, HARDY, HUMMINGBIRDS, BEES & BUTTERFLIES LOVE!!

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        from Ruidoso, NM

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        • Attractive
        • Bees Love
        • Hardy
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        • Hummingbirds Adore
        • Versatile

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          • Height Provides Privacy
          • Outdoors
          • Patio
          • Pool Area

          Comments about High Country Gardens Buddleia alternifolia:

          I bought these for their height and hardiness so as to hide a wood fence. Turns out they have also provide a measure of privacy AND they are unusually beautiful in bloom. They attract so many honey bees it sometimes sounds like the buddleia itself is buzzing . . :) . . The monarchs and the hummingbirds adore them as well!

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          USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

          To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

          • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
          • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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