Butterfly Bush - Knowledgebase Question

San Francisco, CA
Avatar for cpg
Question by cpg
April 24, 2001
Last year my Monrovia butterfly bush had caterpillars behind the trellis and the leaves kept curling. The same is happening this year. What can I use (natural, if possible) to control this situation. I trimmed the bush down last year after it bloomed to no avail.

Answer from NGA
April 24, 2001
Buddleia is commonly known as the Butterfly Bush because of its attractiveness to butterflies. When butterfly parents locate suitable places for their offspring to live, they lay eggs in the vicinity. Sounds as though your butterfly bush is attracting new generations of butterflies. I wouldn't recommend controlling the caterpillars - they're future butterflies!

You must be signed in before you can post questions or answers. Click here to join!

« Return to the Garden Knowledgebase Homepage

Member Login:

( No account? Join now! )

Today's site banner is by Paul2032 and is called "Blue Fall Aster"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.