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Butterfly Bush Bicolor

Butterflies can’t resist this fast-growing shrub, with its bold, arching flower spikes in luscious shades of raspberry, magenta and creamsicle. Best of all, it begins blooming in midsummer, when gardens need an extra jolt of color. (Buddleia)

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Details:

Zones: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Plant Size: 60-72" tall (5-6 feet), 60-72" wide (5-6 feet)
Light: Full Sun
Bloom Time: Early to late summer
Shipping: Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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Details
SKU 1SHRUB
Common Name Butterfly Bush
Botanical Name Buddleia
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Pink
Estimated 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 Season Spring, Summer
Will Tolerate Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Well Draining
Suggested Uses Deer Resistant, Hummingbirds & Butterflies, Fragrant, Cut Flowers, Showy Flowers, Extended Blooms
Ships to Canada No
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Description
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 cant resist the flowers, and flock to the plants when they're in bloom.

Magnificent Bicolor is one of the newer hybrids, and one of the first to give you a range of colors in the beautiful blooms. From orange to deep blue to lighter shades of both, each flower spike is a beautiful multicolored display.

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 cant resist it.

Here's why: Its 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 its more than a name; its actually a botanical phenomenon.

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American MeadowsButterfly Bush Bicolor - Plant
 
3.6

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (0)

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    (3)

77%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Long bloom time (6)
  • Low maintenance (6)
  • Vivid colors (6)
  • Fragrant (5)
  • Reliable growth (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Large areas (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual hobbyist (5), Avid gardener (4), Getting started (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Second year report

    The plants arrived in good shape and were easy to plant with the accompanying instructions. They thrived, survived the winter with it's record snowfalls and have just leafed out. They grow fast and...Read complete review

    The plants arrived in good shape and were easy to plant with the accompanying instructions. They thrived, survived the winter with it's record snowfalls and have just leafed out. They grow fast and should attract lots of butterflies this summer.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Where's The Beef?

    I'm terribly disappointed with the fact that it's barely 6" tall. I hope it makes it through the winter and flourishes next year.

    I'm terribly disappointed with the fact that it's barely 6" tall. I hope it makes it through the winter and flourishes next year.

    Reviewed by 13 customers

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    4.0

    Grows Fast and Bloomed First Year

    By Crystal

    from El Dorado, KS

    About Me Avid Gardener, Casual Hobbyist

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Long Bloom Time
    • Low Maintenance
    • Reliable Growth
    • Vivid Colors

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Cut Flowers
      • Large Areas
      • Raised Beds

      Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Bicolor - Plant:

      I used this shrub as a focal point by my driveway and love it. It is medium height already and bloomed the first year. It did take a little while for it to get started, but once it did it grew fast.

       
      5.0

      Butterflies love this plant!

      By Jennie

      from Anchorage ak

      About Me Avid Gardener

      Pros

      • Fragrant
      • Long Bloom Time
      • Low Maintenance
      • Vivid Colors

      Cons

      • Needs Extensive Watering

      Best Uses

      • Large Areas

      Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Bicolor - Plant:

      I placed this plant in the corner of my front yard and once it started blooming there where butterflies constantly on it!!!!! It did need to be watered daily other wise you will notice the flowers start to droop. Other wise super easy plant and the flowers were colorful and lasted a long time.

       
      5.0

      butterfly bush bicolor plant

      By nancy

      from ft. sumner, nm

      About Me Casual Hobbyist, Getting Started

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Raised Beds

      Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Bicolor - Plant:

      This was shipped quickly and the plants were wonderful. Have grown beautifully this summer already

       
      4.0

      Already blooming!

      By Joey's mom

      from Medford, MA

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Containers

          Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Bicolor - Plant:

          I loved that this bush started blooming in the first year it was planted! Can't wait to see what it does next year!

           
          5.0

          beautiful and bloomed right away

          By marciemaybell

          from Long Island, NY

          About Me Casual Hobbyist

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Fragrant
          • Low Maintenance
          • Reliable Growth

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Bicolor - Plant:

              so happy with this plant which bloomed all summer and is looking better and better even into October. Superstorm Sandy took my well established butterfly bush, so i'm happy this will replace it beautifully!

               
              4.0

              Butterfly bush

              By rench

              from hudson, fl 34667

              About Me Casual Hobbyist

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Bicolor - Plant:

                    waiting for next years delivery

                     
                    5.0

                    Beautiful Butterfly Bushes...

                    By Never had one

                    from Ranhos de Taos, New Mexico

                    About Me Getting Started

                    Pros

                    • Fragrant
                    • I Love Them So Striking
                    • Long Bloom Time
                    • Low Maintenance
                    • Pest Resistant
                    • Reliable Growth
                    • Vivid Colors

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Bicolor - Plant:

                        Service was great, easily ordered on line. They were delivered on time and in wonderful condition. They bloomed the first year which was a pleasant surprise, I can't wait until they reach full size. Great experience with your company after having a terrible one with another one.

                         
                        4.0

                        Slow and steady

                        By Matt the Quazi Green Thumb

                        from Minneapolis, MN

                        About Me Casual Hobbyist

                        Pros

                        • Fragrant
                        • Long Bloom Time
                        • Reliable Growth
                        • Vivid Colors

                        Cons

                        • Needs Extensive Watering

                        Best Uses

                        • Attract Butterflys

                        Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Bicolor - Plant:

                        I was slightly dissapointed at how small it was when it arrived earlier this spring. However, it has grown rather quickly and I really look forward to watching it bloom again next year. The multi-colored blooms are very eye catching and also brought more butterflys to our yard even with such a small plant. It does seem to need a lot of water, but perhaps that is because it is just getting established this year and does not have an extensive root system yet.

                         
                        1.0

                        did not grow

                        By Meena

                        from Houston

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Bicolor - Plant:

                        ought this plant in spring,it survived but did not flower much.Hopefully this spring will be better.

                         
                        1.0

                        Not deer resistant

                        By Becky

                        from Marble Falls texas

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                          • Pest Being Deer
                          • Susceptible to Pests

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Bicolor - Plant:

                            Planted as directed next morning deer had ate it. So this is not a deer resistant plant as stated.

                            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            I love the colors!

                            By Gidget_the_Ham

                            from Washington DC

                            About Me Avid Gardener

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Long Bloom Time
                            • Low Maintenance
                            • Vivid Colors

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Large Areas

                              Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Bicolor - Plant:

                              I love this butterfly bush! The colors are beautiful and different from the others I see in the area.

                              (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              1.0

                              Where's The Beef?

                              By Disappointed Gardener

                              from Langhorne, PA

                              About Me Avid Gardener

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                • Slow Growth

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Bicolor - Plant:

                                  I'm terribly disappointed with the fact that it's barely 6" tall. I hope it makes it through the winter and flourishes next year.

                                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Second year report

                                  By No green thumb and a big yard

                                  from Southern Maryland

                                  About Me Getting Started

                                  Pros

                                  • Accurate Instructions
                                  • Attractive
                                  • Healthy

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Outdoors

                                    Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Bicolor - Plant:

                                    The plants arrived in good shape and were easy to plant with the accompanying instructions. They thrived, survived the winter with it's record snowfalls and have just leafed out. They grow fast and should attract lots of butterflies this summer.

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                                    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

                                    The magic of Buddleia, and why butterflies can’t resist it.  Butterfly Bush (Buddleia) 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.

                                    It’s been a sensation in American gardens for years, and no wonder. Butterfly bush 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 so many other bright blooms.  Buddleias emit a special honey-scented fragrance that lures butterflies like a moth to a flame, 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.

                                    Butterfly Bush Bicolor

                                    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 flowerheads 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.

                                    Asclepsia tuberosa - Butterfly Weed

                                    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. It grows from Canada to Florida, and when happy in dry soils and full sun, can be a sensation of beauty.  Unlike the more common milkweed, Butterfly Weed forms a multi-branched clump only about 2 feet tall.  It’s one of the few native wildflowers that are so beautiful, they’ve been taken into the garden with no “improvements.”  The only changes I’ve ever seen in garden catalogs for Butterfly Weed is the name.  Some retailers simply can’t bring themselves to use the dreaded “W” word in their catalogs.  Sometimes butterfly weed is sold as “orange glory flower.”  I’ve also seen “orange butterfly flower”.  But any experienced plant person in the USA knows it’s plain old, super-beautiful Butterfly Weed.

                                    Our Master Gardeners Suggest Pairing With:
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                                    • All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

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                                    • Hydrangea Annabelle

                                      Hydrangea Annabelle

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                                    Our Master Gardeners Suggest Pairing With:
                                    • Garden Gloves

                                      Garden Gloves

                                    • All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

                                      All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

                                    • Hydrangea Annabelle

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