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Bicolor Butterfly Bush

The Bicolor butterfly bush is the first cultivar to have two very different colors on the same flower spike. The fragrant orange-yellow and lavender-pink blossoms blend together to create a beautiful effect.

The spikes, or panicles, can get up to ten inches long and continue to bloom from late summer until frost. The bush grows up to 8 feet tall and wide.

This makes a spectacular plant in any garden. Butterflies and hummingbirds are attracted to this beautiful butterfly bush. This plant is deciduous and loses its leaves in the fall.

Landscaping Ideas

The Bicolor butterfly bush is perfect for an old fashioned cottage garden. Its arching flowers are graceful and fragrant. It attracts lots of butterflies and hummingbirds.

Plant with other flowers in the same shades to create a beautiful color palette. They also contrast nicely with dark pinks and purples if you want the butterfly bush to stand out.

The Bicolor is blooming in late fall, when so many other plants are going dormant. They also work well in mass plantings. This plant is usually pest free, and it is low maintenance. Deer normally do not care for butterfly bushes.

The fragrance is lovely, so plant it where you can enjoy it on a regular basis. Perfect near a path or sitting area.

Butterfly Bush Care Tips

Your Bicolor butterfly bush should be planted where it can enjoy full sun in well-drained, composted soil. Water regularly to allow growth of a good root system. Once established, they are somewhat drought tolerant.

Adding lime to your soil may increase the quality of your flowers.

In cold winter areas, they may die back all the way to the ground. If they don't, you can prune back old wood severely in late winter or early spring before new growth begins.

Since all flowering takes place on new growth, they rapidly grow back to their full height every year.

Cooler weather makes the flower spikes longer and deepens their color. They don't show new growth until late spring.

Butterfly Bush Information

  • Scientific Name: Buddleia davidii 'Bicolor'

  • Best Soil: Well-drained loamy soil

  • Light: Full sun to part shade

  • Growth Rate: Fast

  • Foilage: Dark green

  • Bloom: A mixture of fragrant lavender-pink and pale orange flowers on a ten inch spike all summer until frost

  • Mature Size and Shape: Grows to 6 ? 8 feet tall and wide; form is upright and arching

  • Hardiness Zone:5 - 10

  • Plant Spacing: Plant at least 5 feet apart for a border

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