Buddleia 'Butterfly Heaven' PP19935 COPF
Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
| ||Common Name: Butterfly Bush|
Common Name (Alternative): Summer Lilac
'Butterfly Heaven' PP19935 began as a seedling discovered by Adrian Bloom of the Blooms of Bressingham® organization. It is a highly floriferous selection with a well-branched habit and very large, fragrant blossoms. In trials, the lilac purple flower panicles measured a full 12 inches long on the first round of blooms, followed by slightly smaller 8-10 inch panicles in late summer. The new foliage of this variety is silvery grey, while the mature leaves are green.
Butterfly Bushes have certainly earned their place in the garden over the years, and its easy to see why. Just when we need a breath of fresh air in the late summer heat, they happily burst into bloom. At a time when many other plants are already spent, buddleias are just beginning their show. Their passive coloring and texture makes a wonderful backdrop for perennials, and you'll love the butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds that flock to their honey-scented blossoms.
Breeder: Adrian Bloom
Introducer: Blooms of Bressingham®
Origin: Not Native to North America
Sun or Shade?:
Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
Low water needs
Average water needs
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How's your soil?:
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
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Buddleias should be planted in a full sun location with fertile, moist, well-drained soil. Studies have shown that adding lime to the soil will result in increased growth and better floral quality. They are also moderately drought tolerant once established.
Since they frequently die all the way back to the ground in northern winters, it is best to cut back all of the old wood to about 12" in the spring. Doing so will result in more compact plants. They will quickly grow back to their normal height by fall and will flower just as prolifically in late summer since they bloom on new wood. You may notice that the flowers tend to be longer and deeper colored in cooler weather.
Buddleias tend to break dormancy late in the spring, so don't worry if you don't see anything happening with them when your other shrubs start to leaf-out. These are very durable and reliable plants.
Buddleia is named for Adam Buddle, an English rector.