August 17, 2017

Summer Lilac

Buddleia davidii - Butterfly bush

Janine Pineo Photo | Buddleia davidii – Butterfly bush

Commonly known as butterfly bush, Buddleia davidii is a pollinator magnet, attracting butterflies and bees to its fragrant flower racemes. This shrub has arching canes and can reach up to 10 feet in height, although that might be a challenge in Maine where it can be a fairly tender Zone 5 plant. In fact, the plant often dies back to the ground over the winter in Zones 5 and 6. But since butterfly bush flowers on new wood, the canes can be kept in check by thinning them out each year. A native of China and Japan, the butterfly bush only came to the West in the 1890s, where it is also called summer lilac.

Photographed at Rogers Farm, University of Maine, Stillwater.

Buddleia davidii - Butterfly bush

Janine Pineo Photo | Buddleia davidii – Butterfly bush