This is an awesome bush, you honestly don't have to do anything with it besides plant it. Oh yeah, and keep your husband away from it at the end of the season, because he will think he needs to remove it entirely, hence what happened to me!!!
Now I pray that I will be able to find this gorgeous plant in the future for my garden!
English Butterfly™ Purple Emperor™ Butterfly Bush Buddleia davidii
- Hardy Zones
- 5 - 9
- Mature Size
- 48 - 60 Inches
Large mauve-purple blooms on a compact plant. Fragrant summer flowers. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer resistant.
Great flowering shrub for landscapes and perennial gardens especially for butterfly and hummingbird gardens.
Prefers well-drained, moist, fertile soils but can tolerate drought once established. Prune in late winter or early spring. In Northern states, this plant will die back to the ground though the roots are hardy. In the South, cut back if needed. To encourage reblooming, remove old spent blooms. Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs. Follow the label for recommended rate of application.
Finally, colorful buddleia varieties that won't crowd their neighbors! Roughly a third the size of other butterfly bush varieties, the English Butterfly Series plants are extra bushy and loaded with colorful flowers.
Purple Emperor has large mauve-purple flowers. All three varieties are prolific and fragrant bloomers that will attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the summer garden.
The compact size of these new cultivars is perfect for smaller gardens and the mixed border. They can also be used as a container plant in milder climates.
Cold, wet winters can be really hard on buddleia, so here are a few tips to help your buddleia thrive in your garden:
1. Make sure the soil is well-drained. That place where the plow truck dumps snow in the winter? Not a good idea.
2. Full sun. That's at least 6 hours. No cheating.
3. Plant early in the season. This gives the plants all summer and fall to establish. Fall planting can be chancy in northern regions.
4. Wait until it leafs out in spring before pruning. In some years you may have to prune it back to the ground. After milder winters, maybe not so much. Avoid fall pruning.
This plant flowered all summer and there were butterflies on it constantly. It was not unusual to see 4 different kinds of butterflies on it at once. I had only planted it in June. - New York
This is an awesome bush, you honestly don't have to do anything with it besides plant it. Oh yeah, and keep your husband away from it at the end of the season, because he will think he needs to remove it entirely, hence what happened to me!!!ColleenWestervilleOhioUnited States3 years ago
Blooms strongly. Long blooming period. Very fragrant. Attracts alot of butterfliesPaul CherubiniEl DoradoCaliforniaUnited States4 years ago
this plant has made it through 2 winters here and still is as beatiful as ever.LindaColoradoUnited States5 years ago
I have a wave of these in my garden. It took 2 years to take. I almost pulled them. The 3rd summer they were unbelieveable! Flowered for a long time. I deadheaded them. I have them planted with Karl Forester grass and sand cherries. Breathtaking!Susan ValentinOntarioCanada5 years ago
Love it!Marilyn B. GruaKentuckyUnited States5 years ago
Beautiful scent, attractive formRussell StudebakerNew YorkUnited States5 years ago
I love the butterfly bushes. They grow 6 ft tall. The flowers are great. I didn't know there were some many different butterflies in michigan. I cut them back to about 6 inches from the ground each spring and they come back better each year.violetMichiganUnited States5 years ago
People say it is invasive. It is NOT.marthTexasUnited States5 years ago
This is beautiful!!!Marsha WagnerIllinoisUnited States5 years ago