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Purple Prince Butterfly Bush (7 of 17)

Buddleia davidii 'Purple Prince'

Gardener's Note: This plant is on the watch list of several Western and Midwestern states for possible invasiveness.

  • Deciduous shrub with gray-green foliage and bright purple flowers that attract butterflies

  • Plant in rich, but well-drained soil; prune heavily in very early spring

  • Water regularly until established; fertilize in spring

  • Deadhead to reduce seedlings and prolong blooming

  • Plant in full sun for best flowering

  • Height: 8-10 feet

  • Width: 6-8 feet

Hardy in USDA zones 5-9:

  • Zone 5: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; mulch heavily after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; care for plant as herbaceous perennial and prune to the ground in early spring.

  • Zone 6: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun; mulch in fall; care for plant as a deciduous shrub and prune heavily in late winter.

  • Zone 7: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun; mulch in fall; care for plant as a deciduous shrub and prune heavily in late winter.

  • Zone 8: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun; mulch in fall; care for plant as a deciduous shrub and prune heavily in late winter.

  • Zone 9: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun; mulch in fall; care for plant as a deciduous shrub and prune heavily in late winter.

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