Welcome to American Meadows!

View Cart

Gardening Questions or Comments?

Call 877-309-7333 or E-mail

Where confidence grows!

View Cart

Gardening Questions or Comments?

Call 877-309-7333 or E-mail

  • Save up to 50% on Perennials

Butterfly Bush Royal Red

Buddleia Royal Red blooms in spectacular purplish red flowers, making them great hummingbird plants, too.

Item Size

Plant - 2.5" pot

We're sorry, this item is Out Of Stock

To be notified when it will be available again, please Sign Up for our newsletter

Your Success Guaranteed

Questions?
Call 877-270-5187

Details:

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

Click Here for more details, product description, reviews, how-to guides and shipping information.

 

Click on image to view full size

Details
SKU 20SHRUB
Common Name Butterfly Bush
Botanical Name Buddleia davidii
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Red
Estimated Mature Height 60-72" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 60-72" wide
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
Our Master Gardeners Suggest Pairing With:
  • Garden Gloves

    Garden Gloves

  • All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

    All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

  • Hydrangea Annabelle

    Hydrangea Annabelle

Description
Royal Red has all the butterfly attracting qualities, and the red flowers make it irresistible for hummingbirds, too.

Many gardeners plant several butterfly bushes together, so they grow into a shrub-like clump with blooms in all the colors planted. So you can create a bush with pink and purple flowers, or perhaps one with red and white blooms.

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.

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.

Our Master Gardeners Suggest Pairing With:
  • Garden Gloves

    Garden Gloves

  • All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

    All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

  • Hydrangea Annabelle

    Hydrangea Annabelle

Reviews

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
American MeadowsButterfly Bush Royal Red - Plant
 
2.5

(based on 4 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

50%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Casual hobbyist (3)

        Reviewed by 4 customers

        Sort by

        Displaying reviews 1-4

        Back to top

         
        1.0

        Do Not Purchase this Plant

        By Tina

        from Lumberton, NJ

        About Me Casual Hobbyist

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Royal Red - Plant:

              I have had several butterfly bushes over the years and this was a terrible purchase. It was extremely tiny (2 inch stem and a couple of leaves). There was no way it would survive and it did not. All of my purchases from other companies have been in 3 inch pots and were approximately 12 inches tall at time of delivery. They all did fine with little maintenance at the beginning. Butterfly bushes are very hardy but do not purchase one from this company.

               
              4.0

              Royal Red

              By Adrianna

              from Bella Vista Arkansas

              About Me Casual Hobbyist

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Large Areas
                • Raised Beds

                Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Royal Red - Plant:

                Bought this for my mother for Mother's Day. Very small when it arrived but once planted took off. Starting to bloom now. She lives in San Diego.

                 
                4.0

                One died, other thriving

                By Cicely

                from Atlanta, GA

                About Me Avid Gardener

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Royal Red - Plant:

                    One of the plants is growing very well and fast, and blooms nicely with low maintenance. The other died shortly upon planting, not sure why.

                    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Butterfly Bush

                    By Dan

                    from Bridgeport

                    About Me Casual Hobbyist

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Slow Growth
                      • Susceptible to Pests

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Royal Red - Plant:

                        This plant was given all of the right growing conditions but developed poorly. Spindly, half the height, few blossoms that faded fast. It did not attract any butterflies to our wildflower garden.

                        Displaying reviews 1-4

                        Back to top

                        1
                        How-To Guides

                        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:
                        • Garden Gloves

                          Garden Gloves

                        • All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

                          All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

                        • Hydrangea Annabelle

                          Hydrangea Annabelle

                        Shipping

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

                        View Shipping Rate Chart

                        As soon as your order is placed you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Some perennials are shipped as potted plants, some as perennial roots packed in peat.  The ‘Details’ tab describes how that item will ship. All perennials and spring-planted bulbs are packaged to withstand shipping and are fully-guaranteed. Please open upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

                        Perennials and spring-planted bulbs are shipped at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennial 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.

                        Our Master Gardeners Suggest Pairing With:
                        • Garden Gloves

                          Garden Gloves

                        • All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

                          All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

                        • Hydrangea Annabelle

                          Hydrangea Annabelle

                        Please wait...

                        Added to your cart:

                        has been added to your cart.

                        Item added to your cart

                        Continue shopping or View cart & checkout