Lightly scented, Buddleias attract butterflies (and hummingbirds) like a magnet. "Nanho Blue" branches support lilac-like clusters of flowers. It is also a vigorous, long lasting cut flower. Tiny individual flowers are produced in profusion in long, dense trusses. In cooler zones, Buddleias die back to the ground each year, sending up a dense group of new shoots in late spring that quickly develop into a large shrub.
- Butterfly bush is a deciduous to semi-evergreen shrub with a weeping form that can get 6-12 in. tall and have a spread of 4-15 in. Butterfly bushes have opposite, 6-10 in., lance-shaped gray-green leaves on long arching stems
- The tiny flowers are irresistible to butterflies
- They are borne in long, 8-18 in., cone-shaped clusters that droop in a profusion of color and stay abuzz with winged, nectar-feeding insects from late spring until first frost in autumn
- The flower clusters can be so profuse that they cause the branches to arch even more
- The flowers of many cultivars are sweetly fragrant