Butterfly Bush Makes Great Cut Flowers

I have several butterfly bushes, also knows as buddleia, in my garden beds. I love them because they attract butterflies and bees like no other plant in my garden.   My main butterfly bush was put in a large island bed early this spring, when it was about 12″ tall.  It is now at least 5 feet tall and 4 feet wide and just covered with purple flowers.

Butterfly Bushes make Wonderful cut flowers.I have also planted butterfly bushes along the fence line in my new perennial and vegetable garden.  They hide the fence well and give a lovely splash of color along the fence line alternating with the big Japanese silver grass plants. 

Japanese silver grass and butterfly bushesThe flowers from these bushes are a much deeper purple and they area a bit smaller than my lilac colored ones but still look great and last well as cut flowers.  I place this little grouping in my easy to make Mason jar vase and they look super.  I just need to get some purple satin ribbon when I go shopping next.

Purple butterfly bush cut flowersEach day, I make my lunch and take it, along with my favorite gardening magazine, Garden Gate,  out to a lawn chair.  I have my lunch and then read for a while, as I wait for the butterflies and bees to swarm around my lovely Butterfly bush.

One thing I did not realize is how lovely they are as cut flowers. Because they droop so much, I didn’t think they would do well indoors.

butterfly bushHow wrong I was! This vase of flowers was cut about three weeks ago, and they STILL look great indoors in the vase. I don’t think I have ever had cut flowers last that long for me!

Since my plant is still flowering, I will have cut flowers right into the fall.

Butterfly bushes are very easy to grow. They produce flower in colors that include blue, pink, red, violet, yellow, and white, and the shrub grows 5 to 10 feet tall and wide, depending on the variety.

To care for your butterfly bush, apply a thin layer of compost each spring, followed by a 2- to 4-inch layer of mulch to retain moisture and control weeds.  Be sure to water the plants during the summer if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week. Flowers are produced on new wood, so prune back old growth almost to the ground early each spring before any new growth emerges.  And don’t forget to cut some flowers throughout the summer.  You will be amazed to see how long they last indoors.

I have a bush with blue flowers that is new for me.  It is not flowering right now but I’ll add photos of it when it does.

Does your butterfly bush attract a variety of butterflies?  I’d love to hear about your experiences with this lovely perennial.

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  8 comments for “Butterfly Bush Makes Great Cut Flowers

  1. Jerry
    08/30/2017 at 3:25 pm

    I bought some butterfly bushes from a well known seed and plant company and they look nothing like yours. The flowers were tiny, and Instead of getting more they immediately produced seeds which were large with silky tails. I read that these bushes were invasive and dead headed them right away. Can you tell me what it is that they sent me? The plant got a pod on it with lots of large brown seeds with silk tails, and the entire plant became sticky with yellow pollen, I think it”s pollen, all over it. The wrong image came up first, and I hope it was deleted when I put the correct one up. Thank you.

    • Carol
      08/31/2017 at 5:29 pm

      Hi Jerry. I don’t see an image so I have no idea what it is that you got. Butterfly bushes vary but all seem to have flowers similar to mine, just different sizes and colors. I would email the company and send them a photo and ask for advice there. Carol

  2. Bjorn palenius
    04/16/2018 at 11:18 pm

    My Buddleia is 10 feet tall now, and have a lovely “honey velvet” fragrance! The Monarchs are happy visitors!

    • Carol
      04/17/2018 at 9:41 am

      It sounds amazing Bjorn. The photo is very pretty! Carol

  3. Bjorn Palenius
    04/18/2018 at 3:45 pm

    My Black Night Butterfly Bush produces this 10″ long flowers every spring!

    • Carol
      04/18/2018 at 7:22 pm

      Wow! What an amazing flower. Carol

  4. Bjorn Palenius
    04/23/2018 at 10:25 pm

    This butterfly didn’t mind posing on my lavender blue Buddleia today!

    • Carol
      04/24/2018 at 10:58 am

      Great photo Bjorn

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