Why are butterfly bushes bad

Why are butterfly bushes bad

While they definitely attract butterflies, these shrubs do pose potential problems. Find out whether butterfly bush is right for your yard.

The fact is, butterflies love butterfly bush (Buddleja davidii), which reliably produces nectar-rich flowers for a long period of time. Gardeners love it, too, because it’s tough, undemanding and offers plenty of those aforementioned flowers.

The fact is, butterflies love butterfly bush (Buddleja davidii), which reliably produces nectar-rich flowers for a long period of time. Gardeners love it, too, because it’s tough, undemanding and offers plenty of those aforementioned flowers.

The Problem With Butterfly Bush Problem is, those flowers eventually turn to seed. And before you know it, butterfly bush is on the march. Sometimes it’s moving just across your yard, sometimes it’s launching seedlings all over the place

How to Avoid an Invasion of Butterfly Bush There are solutions, but they come with their own set of caveats. First, be vigilant about deadheading flowers. Clip them as soon as they fade so they don’t produce seed.

Be sure to collect and dispose of spent flowers. The same goes with trimmings because cut stems can take root. With that in mind, it’s a good idea to mulch bare soil to discourage accidental rooting.

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