The delightful smell of the Buddleia davidii ‘Monum’ Nanho Purple Butterfly Bush is intoxicating and attractive to both humans and pollinators alike!
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Flower buds appear in early to mid-spring and begin opening up in early summer. The flowering shrub has a long bloom period that can last through early fall for beautiful fall flowers too. The flowers will invite a variety of pollinators such as butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, and other insects into your landscape. Plant the butterfly-attracting bush somewhere the honey-scented fragrance can be enjoyed!
Butterfly bushes in winter will lose their leaves and die back to the ground in colder areas as a deciduous shrub. In warmer climates, the tree may keep the green leaves but not grow as robust and quick as during the active growing season. It grows in an arching growth habit and can spread slightly in the area it is planted in but it is not considered an invasive plant.
This butterfly bush perennial shrub is the perfect addition to any shrub border, butterfly garden, flower bed, or container garden. Buddleia Nanho Purple has bright purple flowers that are long and conical shaped and lush silvery green leaves that contrast the flower heads nicely. The gray-green foliage and flower spikes will shoot up on long shoots that go well above the shrub’s rounded and bushy shape.
How to Grow Butterfly Bush
The Nanho Purple Butterfly Bush size is up to 3-5 feet tall and wide at full maturity and is fast growing. It will perform best in full sun and well-draining soil. It can tolerate partial sun to partial shade but foliage may become sparse.
Grow the Buddleia Butterfly Bush across the United States in USDA hardiness zones 5-9. In northern climate zones like 5 and 6 with colder winters, the deciduous shrub can die down to the ground in winter months in the manner of an herbaceous perennial. Do not fret – the cold-hardy root systems will stay intact and flush out in early spring. A thick layer of mulch around the root zone will help protect the roots and retain moisture through the winter temperatures.
Butterfly bush pruning will benefit the plant after the flowering period ends to help shape the shrub to your desired size. The blue-green leaves can take a heavy shearing. Do not prune once spring has arrived to avoid cutting off new flower buds. The best time of the year to prune is in winter or early spring. Deadhead spent flowers on the butterfly bush to encourage new blooms.
The lavender purple flowering shrub is rabbit, deer resistant, and tolerant of clay soils once established. It is extremely low maintenance and drought tolerant. Once established into your landscape, you can set it and forget it besides the occasional watering during dry periods.
Shop the Nanho Purple Butterfly Bush for sale if you are looking for a bush that attracts butterflies and hummingbirds and is easy to grow. You can even use the buds as cut flowers for vases or centerpieces. Plant a butterfly bush today!
Buddleia davidii 'Monum'
- Attracts pollinators to your garden
- Bright bursts of color have street appeal
- Low maintenance and drought tolerant