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If you are just getting into butterfly gardening, you've got to get a butterfly bush! 
Butterfly bushes (Buddleia davidii) rank high on the list of hummingbird and butterfly attracting plants. They usually bloom from mid July through frost, producing abundant flower spikes which look and smell somewhat like miniature lilacs.
Butterfly bushes are hardy in zones 5-9. They sometimes die back to the ground during the winter and then sprout new growth in May or June. Even with a late start in spring though, they grow rapidly and reach a large size before blooming begins in July. Butterfly Bushes are deer resistant and drought tolerant.

If you have read that butterfly bushes are invasive and you should not plant one, please scroll down and read 'What's the Buzz on Butterfly Bushes?'

If you are looking for a flowering shrub but don't want a butterfly bush, please check out our new 'Flowering Shrubs' page. There we offer some of the best landscaping shrubs available.

We ship Butterfly Bushes from May through October.
  Important Note: Before you order plants from our nursery, please check to see that we are able to ship to your state. We can only ship plants to 28 states in the USA.
We ARE permitted to ship plants to the following states within the USA:  Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.
State and Federal regulations prohibit us from shipping to other destinations. If you do not live in one of the states we are permitted to ship to, please do not order. We will not ship your order and will charge you a $3.00 service charge to cancel your order and return your payment.
For an explanation of why we are not permitted to ship to states not listed above, please visit the 'F.A.Q.' page of the web site.

BUTTERFLY  BUSHES  Available  For  2019 Shipping:

Genus, Species Description Price
Buddleia davidii 'Pink Delight'

'Pink Delight' Butterfly Bush

Large lavender-pink flower spikes.
Grows 5'-7' high.
 Sold Out for 2019 
Buddleia davidii 'White Profusion'

'White Profusion'' Butterfly Bush

Large white flower spikes.
Grows 5'-7' high.
  $7.00 each 
Buddleia davidii 'Black Knight''
(pictured below)
'Miss Molly' Butterfly Bush
Deep blue flower spikes.
Grows 5' - 6' high.
 Sold Out for 2019
Buddleia davidii 'Bicolor'

'Bicolor' Butterfly Bush
Coral-lavender bicolor flower spikes.
Grows 36"-48" high.
Sold Out for 2019
Buddleia davidii 'Butterfly Heaven'

'Butterfly Heaven' Butterfly Bush

Large lavender flower with orange eye,
silvery-green foliage.  
Grows 5'-6' high.
$8.00 each 
Buddleia davidii 'Wisteria Lane''

'Butterfly Heaven' Butterfly Bush

Lavender "weeping" flower spikes.
Grows 24"- 30" high and wide.   (only a few left)

Sold Out for 2019 

Buddleia davidii 'Prince Charming'

'Prince Charming' Butterfly Bush

Deep rose-pink flower spikes.
Grows 42" - 48" high.

$8.00 each 

Buddleia davidii  'Grand Cascade''

'Grand Cascade' Butterfly Bush
Huge lavender flower spikes.
Grows 48" - 60" high.

$8.00 each 

Buddleia davidii Buzz™ 'Ivory'

'Ivory' Miniature Butterfly Bush
Creamy white flower spikes.
Grows 30" - 36" high.

$7.00 each 

Buddleia davidii Buzz™ 'Velvet'

'Velvet' Butterfly Bush
Magenta flower spikes.
Grows 32" - 48" high.

$8.00 each 

August Specials
Buddleia davidii Buzz™ 'Ivory'

'Ivory' Miniature Butterfly Bush
Creamy white flower spikes.
Grows 30" - 36" high.
3 for $18.00
Buddleia davidii  'Grand Cascade''

'Grand Cascade' Butterfly Bush
Huge lavender flower spikes.
Grows 48" - 60" high.
3 for $18.00

'Sky Blue' Butterfly Bush 'Black Knight' Butterfly Bush 'Bicolor' Butterfly Bush 'Prince Charming' Butterfly Bush

The Butterfly Bushes listed above are shipped in 3" to  4" deep pots or nursery liners. They are small when shipped, but most will grow 15" - 20" high this summer and all should bloom this summer! By next summer, they should be 3 to 4 feet high and attract butterflies and hummingbirds like a magnet.    We ship via USPS Priority Mail.

Two ways to order: (1) Utilize our on-line shopping cart which uses secure PayPal payment or  (2) print our online order form, fill it out, and then mail it to us, along with your check or money order.   Before you place an order, please check to see that you live in one of the states we are permitted to ship plants to. You will find this list of states near the top of this page.

   Butterfly bushes are hardy in zones 5 - 9. If you live in a colder zone, your butterfly bushes will likely die over the winter. Even so, you may wish to grow them in a container and treat them as an annual. Butterfly bushes prefer full sun (they must receive eight or more hours of sun a day to thrive).

   If you would like a multi-color butterfly bush, simply plant two three small butterfly bushes (each a different color) within a few inches of each other. Upon maturation, the branches will intertwine to produce a multi-color appearance.

Quantities are limited on some of our nursery stock. Plants will be reserved to fill orders in the sequence in which orders are received. Please order at your earliest convenience to avoid disappointment. Please do not order plants which are not currently posted with a plant description and price. When plants are removed from our availability lists, they are temporarily or permanently out of stock.

When and how should you prune your butterfly bush?

   We suggest cutting butterfly bushes back to about 4 feet high for the winter (so that heavy winter snow won't crush the bush to the ground). And don't cut the butterfly bushes back too early; November is our recommendation.
   Depending upon the severity of winter, your butterfly bush may appear dead in spring. Don't despair. Even when a butterfly bush doesn't develop leaf buds on the previous year's branches, it will usually sprout new growth from the root system. Be patient though. It might be mid May before your butterfly bush will show signs of life.
   In early June, cut off any branches which died over the winter. This is also a good time to trim the butterfly bush to the shape you'd like it to be.
   During its blooming period, usually mid July through September, you might deadhead (remove spend flowers) every two weeks or so. This assures that the bush will put its energy into producing more flowers rather than seed.

What’s the Buzz on Butterfly Bushes                 by Rose Franklin      March 8, 2015

In the past couple of years, there have been several articles published to alert gardeners to the invasive nature of butterfly bushes. Several native plant enthusiasts have suggested that butterfly bushes be banned in most or all of the U.S. as they are destroying valuable, indigenous wildlife habitat.

According to the authors who advocate that butterfly bushes not be planted by any person, in any state, for any reason, butterfly bush is now spreading out of control in at least 20 states. The columnists claim, too, that it is very irresponsible of organizations and businesses to promote the planting of a shrub which causes so much damage to the natural landscape, insisting there are better native alternatives to the invasive butterfly bush. Some have even implied that butterflies prefer the nectar of native Joe-Pye Weed, goldenrod, aster, helianthus, and honeysuckle to that of butterfly bush, and even claim that these native flowers might well be healthier alternatives to the butterfly’s diet. Personally, I think butterflies innately know which flower nectars are most nutritious and which offer the greatest good to their well-being, and flock to the fragrant spikes of butterfly bush because its nectar is high in nutrition.

What I have not seen mentioned in any article to date though, is the fact that there are seedless butterfly bush cultivars now on the market. There are also cultivars which produce seeds having a viable rate of  less than 2%. In coming years, there will be more and more non-reproductive cultivars. So with these non-invasive options available, why should butterflies be deprived of their favorite flower? And why should we be deprived of a beautiful summer flowering shrub that smells quite similar to the aromatic, spring blooming lilac?

My guess is that there are some butterfly bush varieties that profusely reseed in locations where climatic conditions are conducive to reseeding, but probably just a limited number of cultivars are the culprits. That would explain why some people have just one or two butterfly bushes but see hundreds of butterfly bush volunteers appearing in their yards (and elsewhere too) while other gardeners have dozens of butterfly bushes planted and never (or only rarely) see a stray seedling appear.

Here in central Pennsylvania, where my husband and I have had over 20 butterfly bushes in our yard for the past fifteen to twenty years, we have not experienced any reason for concern, and I've heard from hundreds of other gardeners who have also had no problem with reseeding. But in those locations where reseeding is, or might be, an issue, there is an alternative to planting no butterfly bushes. That alternative is to plant one of the many non-invasive cultivars that are available.

Even in Oregon, where the sale of most butterfly bush cultivars has been banned because of their invasive nature, there are over a dozen cultivars that, because they are either seedless or produce only a few viable seeds, are approved for sale. Among those are over a dozen sterile butterfly bush cultivars offered by Ball Ornamentals in their Flutterby® collection; seedless, dwarf Lo & Behold® Butterfly Bushes; and ‘Miss Molly’, ‘Miss Ruby’, and ‘Miss Violet’ Butterfly Bushes.

I am somewhat disappointed in the garden writers who loudly proclaim that butterfly bushes should no longer be planted. They should do their homework. They should know there are options to planting invasive butterfly bush varieties. And they should acknowledge in their articles that butterfly bushes are not invasive in much of the U.S.


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