Butterfly Bush Care - Knowledgebase Question

Decherd Tenn., US
Question by beah
October 3, 2000
When does the butterfly bush need to be pruned and will any come up from the seed that drops off? I have the dwarf kind and I love it.

Answer from NGA
October 3, 2000


Butterfly Bush, also known as Buddleia davidii, blooms on new growth. Therefore, stems should be pruned back in early spring to encourage large, lush flower spikes. I always prune back my Butterfly Bush on St. Patrick's Day to about 6-10". Seed isn't always viable but you can propagate your plant by dividing it in the spring, cutting the root mass into sections, each with several stems attached.

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