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Buddleja alternifolia

Common Name(s):
Alternate leaf butterfly bush
Category:
Shrubs
Comment:

Drought tolerant; prune after flowering; remove one-third of oldest stems;

Wildlife Value: This plant is seldom damaged by deer.  Attracts butterflies.

Height:
10-20 ft.
Foliage:
Alternate, simple, dull gray leaves; 1.5-4 in. long; narrow toward apex; grayish-white tomentum beneath; yellow fall color
Flower:
Bright, lilac-purple flowers in dense clusters in summer; produced on previous season's growth; mild fragrance
Zones:
5-7
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Sun to light shade; prefers loose, organic-rich soil; tolerates some drought and clay soil
Texture:
Medium to fine
Form:
Lax, long, arching, pendulous stems
Width:
8-10 ft.
Tags:
silver leaves, attracts wildlife, deciduous, drought tolerant, gray leaves, nectar, white leaves, butterflies, white, deer resistant, wildlife

NCCES plant id: 1426

Alternate leaf butterfly bush Alternate leaf butterfly bush
James Gaither, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Alternate leaf butterfly bush Flower
James Gaither, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0