Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: Which Butterfly bush have you grown?

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Name: Sheridragonfly/Sheri
Alabama (Zone 8b)
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Sheridragonfly
Sep 22, 2014 11:27 AM CST
I am looking for a beautiful large bloom
butterfly bush but in the shorter category
such as Ellen's blue or Miss Ruby.
Has anyone grown either of these
and were the blooms beautiful and
was the bush dense and mostly upright
which is what I am looking for in one.

I have the one called Attraction and it is has
beautiful bright reddish purple blooms..and the swallowtails loved it this year.

Or have you grown one that was the height of no more
than 5 foot tall and 5 foot wide ..with your pruning each spring.. it back down that had vivid large blooms
and upright ..not real weepy in its appearance?

Thanks
sheri/sheridragonfly
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Catmint20906
Sep 23, 2014 4:12 PM CST
I have Miss Molly. It gets to be about 48", has beautiful magenta blooms, and is not very weepy.
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Name: Melanie Long
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Name: Sheridragonfly/Sheri
Alabama (Zone 8b)
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Sheridragonfly
Sep 25, 2014 1:52 PM CST
HI Catmint

thank you I am wanting either Miss Molly or Ellens Blue

so thank you for telling me about your Miss Molly!
Sheri
Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Sep 25, 2014 3:30 PM CST
Hi Sheri, I have Miss Molly, and Purple Emperor planted in containers both had lovely blooms but were not as large as the Peach Cobbler, and Bicolor that I had last year, sadly they got killed this past winter. Also I think the butterflies liked the latter two cultivars better.
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Butterflies Forum moderator Native Plants and Wildflowers Bee Lover Echinacea
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Catmint20906
Sep 25, 2014 5:00 PM CST
I've found Tiger Swallowtails in particular like my 'Miss Molly' butterfly bush. I also see a fair number of skippers nectaring at it. I've also seen the Fritillaries and Cabbage Whites enjoying it. I've also noticed that *where* in my yard a pollinator-attracting plant is planted seems to make a difference on how much time the pollinators spend on it.
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Name: Sheridragonfly/Sheri
Alabama (Zone 8b)
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Sheridragonfly
Sep 28, 2014 12:10 PM CST
I wonder how swallowtails like the Ellens blue butterfly bush?

thanks cat mint for the info on Miss Molly
I do have the one called attraction and t he swallowtails love the blooms on it
thanks to all that are writing ..or posting to this post!
Margaret and others..
sheri/sheridragonfly

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