Too late to plant butterfly bush in Northern VA

vettin(z6b Northern VA)August 27, 2012

Wondering if it is too late to plant now?

Do some butterflies prefer one type of butterfly bush over a different one.

Are there brands/suppliers to stay away from?

Pls share some favorites, not worried about color/size, more interested in the ones that butterflies flock to the most.

Thank you.

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Tony G(5a)

It's definitely not too late to plant. In Minnesota I transplanted one in October last year and it came back just fine.

All butterfly bushes are more or less the same but...

I have 5. while all of them are getting good traffic, my Ellen's blue is getting traffic from rare garden visitors like the red-spotted purple and the mourning cloak. Whereas the monarchs won't touch it. Meanwhile the monarchs are all over my other four. It's not a location issue because they nectar all over garden. They just pass over Ellen's blue...

My favorite butterfly bush this season is my Buddleja buzz 'Magenta'. With deadheading it's a BEAUTIFUL plant. The monarchs are all over it along with red admirals, skippers, and the few eastern swallowtails I've seen.

'Miss Ruby' looks good too but is a little smaller because of last years October transplant.

I have heard a few people mention that one of the dwarf varieties doesn't attract many butterflies....nahno blue I think?? someone correct me if I'm wrong. Good luck, Tony

    Bookmark   August 28, 2012 at 7:57PM
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