Buddleias are sometimes called Butterfly bushes because of the attraction their flowers have for butterflies.The summer flowering is beautiful with blossom throughout the summer guaranteed to create an impact with its dense spikes of fragrant flowers. Its blossom is abundant and last from July through to October. To get the best flowers it is important to prune these shrubs back hard in spring (March) and to remove faded flowers in summer, as these will encourage a second flush of flowers.
Buddleia are nectar rich plants, which encourage benefficial wildlife, such as ladybirds, lacewings and hoverflies into the garden.
They were introduced to Britain from China by way of Russia at the end of the 19th century. Since then, the buddleia has established itself so successfully that it has become naturalised in many parts of the country. Both wild and cultivated buddleias can be grown in sunny gardens.
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