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Honeycomb Butterfly Bush

Yellow Butterfly Bush

The honeycomb butterfly bush makes an attractive addition to the garden. With graceful arching branches of honey-scented globes of clustered yellow flowers, this cultivar adds a lot of visual interest.

The blossoms appear in midsummer and keep blooming until early fall. Butterflies and bees flock to the yellow flowers for its sweet nectar.

The deciduous green foliage provides a nice backdrop for the flowers, which also make a nice addition to a cut flower arrangement.

Landscaping with the Honeycomb

The honeycomb butterfly bush works best in an informal landscape. The old fashioned flowers add a nice touch as well as some height. It grows quite large and can be used as a border or mass planting as well.

It contrasts well with blue or purple flowers like delphiniums, lithospermum and purple cone flowers. It also goes well with roses, gaillardias and plantings that are part of the same color spectrum as the butterfly bush.

In order to enjoy the honey scented flowers to the best advantage, plant the butterfly bush near a path or bench. The scent will attract many hummingbirds, bees and butterflies to enjoy.

Planting and Care

For the best blooms, plant your honeycomb butterfly bush in full sun in well-drained soil. The plant will adapt to almost any type of soil, however. It is somewhat drought tolerant, though it appreciates regular watering to do its best.

Size can be controlled by annual pruning in the late winter or early spring before new growth starts. This plant is easy to care for and requires little maintenance. To prolong blooming, you can deadhead spent flowers.

Like others of its kind, the yellow butterfly bush may send up volunteer seedlings. They can be invasive in some areas. These plants are generally resistant to deer and insect pests. They grow very fast, and if left to their own devices can get quite large.

If you have the room to indulge them, by all means enjoy the immensity! This plant is also disease resistant and does not require spraying.

Butterfly Bush Information

  • Scientific Name: Buddleia davidii 'Honeycomb'

  • Best Soil: Adaptable to most soils

  • Light: Full Sun

  • Growth Rate: Fast

  • Foilage: Grey Green

  • Bloom: Round yellow clusters of flowers with a honey-like fragrance from midsummer to early fall

  • Mature Size and Shape: Grows to 4 to 6 feet tall and wide in an arching, upright form

  • Hardiness Zone: 5 - 9

  • Plant Spacing: Plant 4 feet apart for a border

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