Butterfly Bush
Buddleia davidii buzz


Common Name: butterfly bush
Type: Deciduous shrub
Family: Scrophulariaceae
Zone: 5 to 9
Garden Location: Enterprise Rent-A-Car Flower Borders
Height: 2 to 3 feet
Spread: 2 to 3 feet
Bloom Time: June to September
Bloom Description: Violet blue
Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Flowers: Showy Flowers, Fragrant Flowers
Wildlife: Attracts Butterflies
Tolerates: Clay Soil, Rabbits



Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Becomes weedy and sparse with diminished flowering performance if not grown in full sun. Does poorly in wet conditions. In USDA Zones 5 and 6, this plant will often die to the ground in winter and therefore is often grown therein in the manner of an herbaceous perennial. Even if plants do not die to the ground in winter, they usually grow more vigorously, produce superior flowers and maintain a better shape if cut close to the ground in late winter each year. Removal of spent flower spikes during the growing season may encourage additional bloom.

Noteworthy Characteristics

'Buzz Violet Blue' is a very compact buddleja that is ideal for growing in small garden areas or patio containers. In the garden, it will typically grow to 3' tall, but in a container will only reach 2' tall. Violet blue flowers in spike-like terminal and axillary clusters bloom from June to September (sometimes to first frost). Flowers are mildly fragrant, and, as the common name suggests, very attractive to butterflies. Willowy, elliptic leaves with serrate margins are medium green. U. S. Plant Patent Applied For (PPAF).


No serious insect or disease problems.

Garden Uses

Contrasting purple flowers and yellow foliage provide excellent accent to the landscape. Summer to fall flowers adorn the landscape when few other shrubs are in bloom. Best grown in borders, cottage gardens, rose gardens or butterfly gardens. Popular fresh cut flower.

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Butterfly Bush

Rebecca Jordi
Horticulture Agent IV
County Extension Director
Contributing Editor
email: rljordi@ufl.edu