Butterfly Bush Black Knight

 
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This Butterfly Bush’s deep purple blooms create a stunning contrast with its dark green foliage. Black Knight attracts beautiful wildlife to your garden and is perfect for planting outside a window for a delightful show of butterflies and hummingbirds. Plant this Butterfly Bush alone or pair it with another color. (Buddleia davidii)

Zones 5 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Attract Birds
Attract Birds
Fragrant
Fragrant
Extended Blooms
Extended Blooms
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size 60-72" tall (5-6 feet), 60-72" wide (5-6 feet)
Bloom Time Early to late summer
Size Plant - 2.5" pot
SKU 2SHRUB

Plant Information

Many gardeners plant several butterfly bushes together, so they grow into a shrub-like clump with blooms in all the colors--purple, pink and white.

Butterfly Bush is a shrub-like plant that looks sort of like a compact lilac, grows quickly and blooms in mid-summer. But the name tells you all about it: Butterflies just can’t resist the flowers, and flock to the plants when they're in bloom.

The Magic: How the Butterfly Bush works: Buddleia or Butterfly Bush has been a sensation in American gardens for years, and no wonder. This plant is easy to grow, blooms profusely, and has that magical quality: Butterflies can’t resist it.

Here's why: It’s not just the pretty flowers that attract the butterflies, like any bright flower. Buddleias emit a special honey-scented fragrance that lures butterflies like a moth to a light, and then once there, they find the flowers super-rich in nectar.

A butterfly bush in the garden will often be seen with a mass of butterflies on the flowers, especially during hot sunny afternoons. Buddleias attract other insects too, like moths, and the reddish ones strongly attract hummingbirds. So it’s more than a name; it’s actually a botanical phenomenon.

Associated SKUs
ABLTSXX
AFLTS21 (Plant - 2.5" pot) - Out of stock.
2SHRUB (Plant - 3.5" pot)
Common Name Butterfly Bush
Botanical Name Buddleia davidii
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Purple
Mature Height 60-72" tall (5-6 feet)
Estimated Mature Spread 60-72" wide (5-6 feet)
Bloom Time Early to late summer
Planting Depth Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As Potted Plant
Foliage Color Green
Planting Time Fall
Soil Type Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Attract Birds, Fragrant, Extended Blooms
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting & Care

Planting Instructions for Butterfly Bushes:

Butterfly Bush
  1. Open the box immediately, protect from cold, and water each potted plant. Some of your butterfly bush plants may have new green growth and some may not. If you see no leaves, don't worry; this is normal. The roots in the pot are healthy and ready to grow in your garden.
  2. Plant as soon as you can. If your weather cooperates (above freezing), begin planting as soon as possible. If not, keep your butterfly bushes where they get some sun through a window, and keep them moist, not soggy.
  3. As you set out your potted butterfly bushes, dig to loosen the soil around and below the actual spot, and then set the rooted plant at the same level if was growing in the pot.
  4. Plant your butterfly bushes about 4-6' apart, depending on the variety.

  5. When you remove the plant from the pot, do not pull on the leaves or stems. Squeeze the pot a little and the roots and soil will slide out for you.
  6. Water well after planting, and continue to water at least every two weeks, depending on rainfall.

All About Butterfly Bushes

Butterfly Bush Bicolor

Butterfly Bush is easy and quick to grow

Butterfly bushes are popular and hardy from Zone 5 south to Zone 9. In the colder zones, they die to the ground each year like a perennial plants, but in more southern regions, they are somewhat evergreen. In the warmer states, butterfly bushes often grow to 10 or 12 ft. high, and require pruning to keep them shapely. They're happy in almost any soil and prefer moist ground, but will also do well in dryer spots. They need plenty of sun, but will be fine with some shade in the warmer areas. All this tells you that this plant is a tough one, and should be easy to grow in your garden. A well-grown specimen can be a magnificent "fountain" of flowers, since the stems with heavy flower clusters tend to arch in all directions.

The colors and named varieties.

You'll find pink, white, blue, and some very beautiful new bi-colors. Buddleia "Bicolor" created a sensation when it burst on the scene. It is one of the first with bi-colored blooms, often developing long clusters that range from bluish to raspberry to bright orange as you look from the tip to the base of the flower spike.

White Butterfly Bush

Some botanists think the basic white butterfly bush has the most potent lure for insects. That's "White Profusion" with it's very heavy flower heads shown on the right.

A butterfly bush with pink, blue and white flowers on the same plant? Hmmm.

If you've ever heard about this magical butterfly bush, I think I know why. During the 1990's a very well know perennial nursery, which shall remain nameless, began selling "a butterfly bush with three colors on the same plant." The offer was such a successful bonanza for them, they repeated it over and over in ad after ad. And hundreds of thousands of gardeners bought. Well, what they got was really three small seedlings of three different plants grouped into one pot—one white, one blue and one pink. It all worked well, since butterfly bushes grow so easily and quickly, it really did look like one leafy bush as it grew. But once the "bush" was up and blooming with all the colors, if you looked closely near the ground, you'd see three little trunks, not just one. The effect was definitely one handsome bush with blooms in all three colors, but it was simply three different bushes planted very close together.

New butterfly bushes to come?

The genus Buddleia (or Buddleja to be correct) is a group of several wild species that are cultivated and hybridized for the plants we enjoy. Most are from China, but some have been imported from South America as well. The most popular is B. davidii, which was brought into England's Kew Gardens in the 1880's, and is the parent of all the well-known butterfly bushes. However, according to "The Butterfly Website", some naturalists are still seeking out unknown species of Buddleia on the slopes of the Himalayas.

Don't confuse the butterfly bush with butterfly weed.

Some people mistakenly call another famous butterfly attracting plant "butterfly bush", but that's incorrect. "Butterfly weed" is the common name of our famous flame-orange milkweed native wildflower, Asclepias tuberosa. Learn more about butterfly weed »

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Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

As soon as your order is placed you will receive an order confirmation email that will include your shipping information. We ship perennials and spring-planted bulbs at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennials and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or contact us by email.

You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Your order is scheduled to arrive at your door, fresh and ready to plant, usually within 3-5 days of leaving our warehouse, depending on your shipping address. We pack our plants to withstand up to 10 days in transit, in the event transit is delayed. We cannot guarantee arrival on a specific day. Please make sure to open your package upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

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American MeadowsButterfly Bush Black Knight
 
3.7

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (0)

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    (4)

73%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (8)
  • Accurate instructions (7)
  • Hardy (6)
  • Fragrant (5)
  • Healthy (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (7)
  • Outdoors (6)
  • Lawn (3)
  • Patio (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (8), Getting started (3)
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    • Personal (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Hardy little guy!

This is a very hardy plant. Survived for years in a container, and then when planted in a bed, years of being munched on by the deer. It still blooms profusely and grows...Read complete review

This is a very hardy plant. Survived for years in a container, and then when planted in a bed, years of being munched on by the deer. It still blooms profusely and grows back at a wicked rate. The only pest that seem to faze it are the deer. Drought, clay soil tolarant. Does not have a problem with competing roots. And so far has not gone completely dormant. This year we had snow that stuck around for about 4 day and my black knight still looks really good.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Plant grew but not very big- rather spindly. Did bloom some.

Plant was healthy when arrived- planted and was never full like picture- was spindly but did bloom black.

Plant was healthy when arrived- planted and was never full like picture- was spindly but did bloom black.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Butterfly Magnet

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from Baton Rouge, LA

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Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors
    • Patio
    • Pool Area

    Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Black Knight:

    I have always heard that this was the best butterfly bush and it really is.

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    5.0

    Excellent!!

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    from Cody WY

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    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive
    • Fragrant
    • Hardy
    • Healthy

    Cons

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        Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Black Knight:

        Beautiful plant! Got it's blooms in the first year of planting!!

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        1.0

        Plant grew but not very big- rather spindly. Did bloom some.

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        from Sabetha, KS

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Flimsy

          Best Uses

          • Outdoors

          Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Black Knight:

          Plant was healthy when arrived- planted and was never full like picture- was spindly but did bloom black.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          nice

          By 

          from show low,az

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          Pros

          • Accurate Instructions
          • Attractive
          • Fragrant
          • Hardy

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Garden
            • Lawn
            • Outdoors
            • Patio

            Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Black Knight:

            growing very quickly

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            1.0

            Very disappointed

            By 

            from Newburgh, IN

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            Pros

            • Accurate Instructions
            • Attractive

            Cons

            • Flimsy
            • Small In Size

            Best Uses

            • Garden

            Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Black Knight:

            The plant died over the winter

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            1.0

            plants died

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            from Maine coast

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            Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Black Knight:

            I ordered 3of thes plants with high expectations for my butterfly garden. I had ideal planting conditions and growing weather but wall three died .Very disappointing!

             
            4.0

            Butterfly Bush Black Night

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            from Fox River Grove, IL

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            Pros

            • Fragrant
            • Large Bulb Size
            • Long Bloom Time
            • Low Maintenance
            • Pest Resistant
            • Vivid Colors

            Cons

            • Slow Growth

            Best Uses

            • Border Control
            • Large Areas
            • Raised Beds

            Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Black Knight:

            This year, I extended my vegetable garden around our fish pond and added perennial plants in the mix. My Butterfly plant was a slow grower and only had a few blooms. However, the blooms were a vibrant purple and attracted a gorgeous Swallowtail Butterfly daily along with hummingbirds!!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            wonderful

            By 

            from oneonta ny

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            Pros

            • Zone 5 Not Always Perenni

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Black Knight:

                some mystery surrounding buddleia vs. buttefly bush as one needs full sun and other part shade. also have difficulty in getting them to come back no matter how much they are covered or mulched.

                 
                5.0

                Beautiful!

                By 

                from Colorado

                About Me Casual Hobbyist

                Pros

                • Fragrant
                • Long Bloom Time
                • Low Maintenance
                • Pest Resistant
                • Reliable Growth
                • Vivid Colors

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Black Knight:

                    I am more than pleased with this!

                     
                    1.0

                    Dead when arrived

                    By 

                    from Toledo, OH

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                    Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Black Knight:

                    Can't give any comment it died right away!

                     
                    5.0

                    Flowered quickly, growing well.

                    By 

                    from Groton, CT

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                    Pros

                    • Low Maintenance
                    • Reliable Growth
                    • Vivid Colors

                    Cons

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                        Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Black Knight:

                        We received it as a little specimen early this summer and we planted within 3 days. The soil is not that great but it still did fine. We were surprised to see it flower being so small still. It 's about to go through it's first winter, but it looks great and healthy so we expect it will do well.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Elegant Spikes of Tyrian Purple.

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                        from North East Ohio

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                        Pros

                        • Accurate Instructions
                        • Attractive
                        • Hardy
                        • Healthy

                        Cons

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                          • Garden
                          • Lawn
                          • Outdoors

                          Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Black Knight:

                          The spikes were a beautiful deep purple and the foliage was an almost silvery green. I had quite a few butterflies, hummingbirds and hawk moths visiting my large flower bed. They seemed to take a particular interest in this and my obedient plant. The bushes are ultra-hardy and have survived me moving them twice now with little to no complaint.

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                          4.0

                          Beautiful plant

                          By 

                          from Hollywood, FL

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                          Pros

                          • Accurate Instructions
                          • Attractive
                          • Healthy

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Garden

                            Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Black Knight:

                            I received a healthy little specimen after ordering this butterfly bush from American Meadows. It started flowering surprisingly soon, showing its rich dark coloring. Unfortunately, my sub-tropical zone seemed to be too much for it, and it died off. I would definitely order again, though, once I feel more confident in my gardening skills.

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                            5.0

                            Hardy little guy!

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                            from Grass Valley, CA

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                            Pros

                            • Accurate Instructions
                            • Attractive
                            • Fragrant
                            • Hardy
                            • Healthy
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                            • Not deer resistant

                            Best Uses

                            • Garden
                            • Lawn
                            • Outdoors
                            • Patio

                            Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Black Knight:

                            This is a very hardy plant. Survived for years in a container, and then when planted in a bed, years of being munched on by the deer. It still blooms profusely and grows back at a wicked rate. The only pest that seem to faze it are the deer. Drought, clay soil tolarant. Does not have a problem with competing roots. And so far has not gone completely dormant. This year we had snow that stuck around for about 4 day and my black knight still looks really good.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                             
                            5.0

                            Butterflies galore

                            By 

                            from NJ

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                            Pros

                            • Attractive
                            • Hardy
                            • Healthy

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Garden
                              • Outdoors

                              Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Black Knight:

                              My garden always has butterflies galore thanks to this beautiful bush

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