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Mar 182014

Rainbow Butterfly BushRainbow Butterfly Bush

The first butterfly bush to offer different colors on one panicle. Fragrant lavender, butterscotch-yellow and orange star-like blooms blend together to form a striking color display. Butterflies and hummingbirds can’t resist the honey-scented blooms.

Botanical Name: Buddleia davidii ‘Bicolor’
Form: Deciduous woody shrub
Sun Exposure: Partial Shade/Full Sun
Height/Habit: 6 – 10′
Spread: 6 – 8′
Spacing: 6 – 10′
Hardiness Zone: 5 – 9
Foliage Type: Dark green, lanceolate leaves 4-10″ long, white and glabrous beneath.
Flower Form: Lilac-like, long terminal panicles up to 10″ long of a mass of tiny star-like flowers.
Flower Color: Lavender, butterscotch yellow and orange
Flowering Date: Midsummer to fall.
Planting Requirements: Full sun is best for flowering.
Soil Requirements: Well-drained, humus-enriched soil.
Growth Rate: Fast once established, which takes approximately 6-8 weeks.
Unique Characteristics: The first Buddleia to offer different colors on one panicle. Fragrant lavender, butterscotch yellow and orange blooms blended together to form a striking color display. Makes a wonderful backdrop for lower growing perennials and shrubs. The butterflies obviously love this buddleia too!
Pruning: Cut back old flowering stems close to the base in early spring.
Additional Information: In northern climates Buddleias behave like herbaceous perennials with the top growth dying back in winter. Prune back to new growth in the spring. In southern climates, prune to shape.

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