Honeycomb Butterfly Bush
|Soil Type||Well Drained|
|Mature Width||4-5 Feet|
|Shipping Restriction||AZ, OR, WA|
The Honeycomb Butterfly Bush is a unique plant that really stands out in the crowd. Beautiful, yellow blooms cover this bush each summer all the way to fall. The sweet nectar scent of these flower clusters is simply irresistible to butterflies and hummingbirds! The flowers also make great cuttings and provide excellent color and fragrance for your home.
The Honeycomb Butterfly Bush is a shrub that maintains a height of 4-6 feet. Beautiful, yellow blooms cover this bush from summer to fall. The silver-green foliage has a feathery texture and provides a perfect background for those showpiece creamy yellow blossoms. The sweet nectar scent produced by this shrub is desirable to butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees. This shrub is drought, deer, and heat tolerant.
When Will This Butterfly Bush Bloom?
Expect lush yellow blooms to cover this bush each summer all the way to fall.
How To Propagate A Butterfly Bush
Use a hardwood or softwood cutting no less than 3" long when propagating this shrub. Remove lower leaves and dip the cutting in rooting hormone before placing into a container with a soil mix. Pick a spot with plenty of sun that stays warm and moist which will help establish the roots in just a few weeks.
How To Winterize This Bush
Bring your potted butterfly bush indoors to protect it from colder winter winds. For your outdoor bushes, spread a 2-3 inch layer of mulch over the roots to maintain moisture and protect the roots system from freezing.
When planting your Butterfly Bush be sure you have the right location and conditions for your new shrub to thrive. Spring and Fall are ideal times to plant. However, if you avoid freezing and hot temperatures you can plant almost any time of the year.
Butterfly bushes tolerate full sun and part shade and are adaptable to a variety of soils as long as your soil is well drained. If your soil is nutrient rich your Butterfly bush will not require fertilizer. Fertilize in early spring and when planting if your soil is lacking. Choose a basic slow release fertilizer for flowering plants. When planting take care not to burn the roots by mixing the fertilizer into the soil before placing your bush in the hole. Water well when your plant is newly planted, but otherwise Butterfly bushes are drought tolerant and only require watering during dry, hot periods. Butterfly bushes don't require pruning, but if you would like to maintain size, these shrubs tolerate heavy pruning. In cooler climates where this shrub acts more like a perennial, trim within a couple inches of the ground in late winter or early spring. Mulching is a good choice especially in colder regions to protect the roots from freezing temperatures.
The best way to prevent disease and pests is by providing the appropriate care for your plants. Proper location choice, watering, and fertilization are the keys to your success. Butterfly bushes are quite resilient and only rarely have issues. The most common pests affecting this shrub are Japanese beetles and caterpillars. Japanese beetles can be controlled naturally or by applying bacillus thuringiensis or nematodes as well as hand picking. There are chemical methods as well, but these tend not to work well this Insect. Caterpillars should be hand picked. There are pesticides to treat caterpillars, but these will kill the good caterpillars as well as the bad.
The Honeycomb Butterfly bush can be used practically anywhere in your landscape as long as the chosen area receives plenty of sun. Use it as a foundation planting around your home or deck. It looks great included in a mass planting bed or even as a lone specimen. Plant is next to a walkway or patio, to ensure that you catch the sweet scent of this plant!
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