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Butterfly Bush Black Night

This Butterfly Bush’s deep purple blooms create a stunning contrast with its dark green foliage. Black Night 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)

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Details:

Zones: 5, 6, 7, 8
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 2SHRUB
Common Name Butterfly Bush
Botanical Name Buddleia davidii
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Purple
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

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.

Our Master Gardeners Suggest Pairing With:
  • Garden Gloves

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  • All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

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4.0

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Pros

  • Attractive (4)
  • Healthy (4)
  • Accurate instructions (3)
  • Fragrant (3)
  • Hardy (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden (4)
    • Outdoors (3)
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      • Personal (4)

    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

     

    plants died

    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!

    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!

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    1.0

    plants died

    By SpruceLedge

    from Maine coast

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    Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Black Night:

    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

    By Suz

    from Fox River Grove, IL

    About Me Avid Gardener

    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 Night:

    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!!

     
    5.0

    wonderful

    By upstate gardener

    from oneonta ny

    About Me Avid Gardener

    Pros

    • Zone 5 Not Always Perenni

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Black Night:

        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 Roni

        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 Night:

            I am more than pleased with this!

             
            1.0

            Dead when arrived

            By John

            from Toledo, OH

            About Me Casual Hobbyist

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                  Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Black Night:

                  Can't give any comment it died right away!

                   
                  5.0

                  Flowered quickly, growing well.

                  By MJ

                  from Groton, CT

                  About Me Getting Started

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Low Maintenance
                  • Reliable Growth
                  • Vivid Colors

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Black Night:

                      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.

                       
                      5.0

                      Elegant Spikes of Tyrian Purple.

                      By Nick from NEOH

                      from North East Ohio

                      About Me Avid Gardener

                      Pros

                      • Accurate Instructions
                      • Attractive
                      • Hardy
                      • Healthy

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Garden
                        • Lawn
                        • Outdoors

                        Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Black Night:

                        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 Gina

                        from Hollywood, FL

                        About Me Getting Started

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Accurate Instructions
                        • Attractive
                        • Healthy

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Garden

                          Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Black Night:

                          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!

                          By Janet

                          from Grass Valley, CA

                          About Me Master Gardener

                          Verified Reviewer

                          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 Night:

                          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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                          • Personal
                           
                          5.0

                          Butterflies galore

                          By Barbi

                          from NJ

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                          Pros

                          • Attractive
                          • Hardy
                          • Healthy

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Garden
                            • Outdoors

                            Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Bush Black Night:

                            My garden always has butterflies galore thanks to this beautiful bush

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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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                              Garden Gloves

                            • All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

                              All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

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