Butterfly bushes are technically Buddleia davidii, which are part of the Buddlejaceae genus, within the Loganiaceae family.
Loganiaceae is a family of flowering shrubs and trees. These fast growing trees produce flowers are great for attracting butterflies.
It was Reverend Adam Buddle who would study Buddleia extensively and later a genus would be named after him based on his work.
Carl Linnaeus, father of biological plant classification, officially termed Buddle's work Buddleja americana. More about the history of Buddle and the butterfly bush here.
There are roughly 100 genus of buddleia. A large proportion of species are native to North and South America from California/Utah to the southern end of South America in Argentina and Chile. Other area Buddleae can be found centralized are Africa, from Arabia to Cape of Good Hope, and over the sea to Madagascar and Asia, from Nepal through India and China to Japan.
Four species that have especially wider distributions are:
There are no indigenous speciies found in Australia, various regions of Russia and Europe.
Although there are butterfly bush plants that grow and behave as perennials, most Buddleia are deciduous. Deciduous vegetation sheds their leaves in fall when winter sets in and remain absent for part of a year. Some Buddleia semi-deciduous, while shedding leaves others will begin to grow back. The last category would be evergreen, which Buddlia species can also be.
It is from these genus types that hybrids and cultivars are born. With this new category of hybrids there already exists more than 150 new types of Buddleia bushes.
This is a fragrant weeping tree that is also called Fountain Buddleia.
Overall characteristics that are species wide include:
Amazon has some more popular, sometimes harder to find varieties.
Butterfly Bush Seeds include:
Butterfly Garden on Facebook
I'd like to highlight two very important contributions on our Facebook page recently...
First - Susan pointing out the importance of keeping our Monarch Butterfly numbers up. They are in decline and one organization to get free milkweed seeds from is:
Second - Entomologist Sally has been an active butterfly educator and it has become a family affair from her butterfly garden. She has a book to help teach your kids about butterflies and gardening:
Butterfly Papercrafts: 21 Indoor Projects for Outdoor Learning
Thanks Susan and Sally!
Apr 18, 15 08:21 PM
There are many plants with leaves of three, but if they are weeds leave them alone! Poison Ivy, Poison Oak and Atlantic Poison Oak will cause most to break out in a rash if the weeds are touched.
Apr 14, 15 10:08 AM
Butterflies are included in the food web. While building your garden it is important to understand what else is going on behind the scenes that can be good or cause problems.
Apr 03, 15 08:50 AM
This complete list of host plants for butterflies covers the most common butterflies, and also the largest family - Nymphalidae, or Brushfooted butterflies.
Mar 25, 15 10:41 PM
This complete list of host plants for butterflies covers the most common butterflies, and largest family - Nymphalidae, or Brushfooted butterflies.
Mar 22, 15 09:20 AM
Considered Britain's most problematic weed, japanese knot weed is now considered a seriously invasive weed of the United States.