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?


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Answer from NGA
October 15, 2007

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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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