Buddleia – Butterfly Bush, Summer Lilac, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

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Buddleia – Butterfly
Bush, Summer Lilac

have made a great place for themselves in the garden
where their abundant bloom, attractive color and delicate
fragrance wins our admiration the first time we become
acquainted with them. These plants are nearly hardy
shrubs, but because of our cold Winters they serve as
perennials with us.

B. variabilis is a species bearing erect panicles
of lilac colored, fragrant blooms with orange throat
markings. The stems of bloom are 12 inches to 15 inches
long and 3 inches in diameter. The species was introduced
by Wilson from China. The plants although frozen to
the ground nearly every Winter, will start up nicely
and grow 6 feet to 8 feet tall. The minimum temperature
which the roots will stand seems to be about 10 deg.
below zero. There are several varieties but B. v. var.
magaifica, which blooms from June until October,
is the best form because of its superior flowering habit.

Buddleias make excellent cut flowers. As a garden subject
they make attractive specimen plants. Besides.their
charming color and fragrance, they are rightly named
the Butterfly Bush, because they are continually covered
with handsome butterflies.

Plant Buddleias in well drained soil, and they will
bloom the first year after planting. Many growers seem
to believe that protected plants freeze as readily as
those given no covering of any sort.

The best method of propagation, if a greenhouse is available,
is to make cuttings in September and October and grow
them through the Winter in the greenhouse, in which
case they will be large blooming plants by Springtime.
Out of doors, the Buddleias are readily propagated from
young shoots rooted either in sand or water. It is a
bit difficult to get the young plants through the first
Winter in the severer climates.

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