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Harlequin Butterfly Bush

SKU: AM014082
per Plant - 3" Pot
No longer available this season.
Harlequin Butterfly Bush produces fragrant beautiful purple flowers and has a variegated leaf, unlike others. It attracts butterflies, hummingbirds and birds. This deciduous plant reaches heights of 48” – 72”, perfect for the back of gardens. Once established butterfly bushes are drought tolerant. They are deer resistance and great for woodland gardens. (Buddleia)
key features
Botanical Name
Buddleia davidii Harlequin
Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Attracts Birds, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Easy To Grow, Long Bloom Time, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Privacy
Growing Zones
Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Soil Moisture
Dry, Average, Moist / Wet
Mature Height
48-72" tall (4-6 feet)
Mature Spread
36-72" wide
Bloom Time
Early summer to late fall


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.