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English Butterfly Purple Emperor Butterfly Bush Buddleia davidii

  • Hardy Zones
    • 5 - 9
  • Exposure
    • Sun
  • Season
    • Spring
    • Summer
  • Mature Size
    • 48 - 60 Inches
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Size: One Gallon
ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs
English Butterfly Purple Emperor Butterfly Bush Buddleia davidii
Sun 48 - 60

Features

Large mauve-purple blooms on a compact plant. Fragrant summer flowers. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer resistant.

Fragrant Flower
Heat Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Attracts: 
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Resists: 
Deer

Characteristics

Duration: 
Shrub
Shrub Type: 
Deciduous
Height Category: 
Tall
Garden Height: 
48 - 60 Inches
Spacing: 
60 - 72 Inches
Spread: 
48 - 60 Inches
Flower Colors: 
Purple
Flower Shade: 
Purple
Foliage Colors: 
Green
Foliage Shade: 
Green
Habit: 
Upright
Container Role: 
Thriller

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Sun
Maintenance Category: 
Moderate
Blooms On: 
New Wood
Bloom Time: 
Early Summer
Bloom Time: 
Mid Summer
Bloom Time: 
Late Summer
Hardiness Zones: 
5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Water Category: 
Average
Needs Good Drainage
Uses: 
Landscape
Uses Notes: 

Great flowering shrub for landscapes and perennial gardens especially for butterfly and hummingbird gardens.

Maintenance Notes: 

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.

Consumer Comment:
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

English Butterfly Purple Emperor Buddleia davidii 'Pyrkeep'
  • 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!

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Colleen
    Westerville
    Ohio
    United States
    3 years ago
  • Blooms strongly. Long blooming period. Very fragrant. Attracts alot of butterflies

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Paul Cherubini
    El Dorado
    California
    United States
    4 years ago
  • this plant has made it through 2 winters here and still is as beatiful as ever.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Linda
    Colorado
    United States
    5 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!

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Susan Valentin
    Ontario
    Canada
    5 years ago
  • Love it!

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Marilyn B. Grua
    Kentucky
    United States
    5 years ago
  • Beautiful scent, attractive form

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Russell Studebaker
    New York
    United States
    5 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.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    violet
    Michigan
    United States
    5 years ago
  • People say it is invasive. It is NOT.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    marth
    Texas
    United States
    5 years ago
  • This is beautiful!!!

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Marsha Wagner
    Illinois
    United States
    5 years ago
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