Black Knight Butterfly Bush (Buddleja davidii) is a lovely addition to the garden- especially for those who love to draw butterflies on the scene.
The dark purple blooms are stunning- and make a statement in groups or a hedge with evergreen shrubs or trees to compliment when it loses its leaves in winter.
This shrub is aptly named- in mid-summer the blooms draw butterflies of many different colors and types through the fall (June to Octoberish- depends on how far south you live).
This shrub can get very large- 6-8 ft tall and 3-5 feet wide.
Very easy to propagate from cuttings- just make sure to take a small cutting- no more than 4 inches with at least two leaves- the use of the rooting hormone is also helpful (I use a powder).
It is recommended to cut this deciduous shrub to the ground each year- or at least severely prune it in late winter- to encourage new growth in the spring.
Performs best in full sun and is flexible about soil. Water sparingly once established- they are very drought tolerant and will do poorly if too wet or soggy.
I just got this shrub last summer, and I did not prune it very vigorously- I will post how it is looking through the summer and fall.