Ask a Question forum: Are Butterfly bushes off limits?

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Name: Sheridragonfly/Sheri
Alabama (Zone 8b)
Salvias Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Sheridragonfly
Jul 6, 2015 1:38 PM CST
I am curious if we can have a butterfly bush forum or are they considered a nuisance
to most on the forums? Would I post under the butterflys and hummingbird forum?

I love them and I have no problem with them here...in south alabama.

I have Miss Molly and would love to post her blooms and the butterfly
that came today to feed off her blooms..she is a magnet for butterflys
unlike some others..I found that Attraction was to the swallowtails
a magnet...some are not..

She is a gorgeous bush...and smaller type.
Sheridragonfly/sheri in alabama
Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
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kylaluaz
Jul 7, 2015 7:56 AM CST
Sheri I love butterfly bushes too. I think you could post your pictures on the Gardening for Butterflies, Birds, and Bees forum -- if I were you I might start a thread there.

I know they are invasive in some regions, but for others of us they are really great plants. For myself, anyway, I would love to see your pictures.
Name: Sheridragonfly/Sheri
Alabama (Zone 8b)
Salvias Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Sheridragonfly
Jul 7, 2015 8:16 AM CST
thank you Kyla!

sheri
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Jul 7, 2015 9:02 AM CST
Miss Molly is supposed to be sterile, and hopefully won't be a problem...
You might enjoy this article by Benjamin Vogt that discusses alternatives...
http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/16875538/list

PS.
I checked out your pictures...
In the Deep South, you might want to try "Miss Huff" lantana for massive swallowtail activity...


Name: Sheridragonfly/Sheri
Alabama (Zone 8b)
Salvias Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Sheridragonfly
Jul 7, 2015 9:12 AM CST
Does that lantana stay contained and small like 2 foot by 2 foot
or grow to 4 foot by 4 foot as all I have bought does
even though it says it is smaller..

I had an old lantana once that they loved from an older lady
years ago ...it was the original one that grew to 5 foot by 5 foot
multicolored blooms

Everything here grows wider and higher and bigger!

Sheri
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Jul 7, 2015 9:40 AM CST
Miss Huff grows huge...

And... I throw soil on the limbs to increase the size of the footprint...

Sorry... I don't have much use for those tiny ground hugging ones...
Name: Sheridragonfly/Sheri
Alabama (Zone 8b)
Salvias Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Sheridragonfly
Jul 7, 2015 10:39 AM CST
Stone
I do not have room for large plants anymore
I prefer the large salvias that grow 5 foot wide to 7 foot wide
perennial and lantanas but I just do not have room anymore..
thanks
Sheri

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