Butterfly Bush good in Central Florida? - Knowledgebase Question

land o lks, Fl
Question by mngreens
October 15, 2007
How is the Butterfly Bush in hot central Florida temps and does it get catepillars?

Answer from NGA
October 15, 2007


Buddleia officinalis the best butterfly bush for Florida. It tolerates the heat and humidity best. Butterfly bush flowers attract butterflies because of their nectar. If the butterflies think it is a suitable spot, they will lay eggs, which will hatch into caterpillars. So yes, a butterfly bush will have caterpillars on it. They will feed on the leaves for a short time before they pupate. I think it's a small price to pay for the butterflies you'll have in your garden. Enjoy!

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