The Q&A Archives: Butterfly Bush

Question: I see in your care article about the above that you prune back in the Spring. What should I do in late Fall? This is a first year planting and I just lost one that I had for 2-3 years, I assume due to the weather?

Thank you.


Answer: Mulch butterfly bushes (Buddleia davidii) in the fall, then prune the plants back to the ground in late winter. This perennial will re-emerge from its roots in spring. Blooms tend to be larger and more prolific on butterfly bush's new growth, giving you incentive for pruning it. You essentially want to treat butterfly bush plant as if it were an herbaceous perennial rather than a shrub. Best wishes with your butterfly bush.

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