Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii)
Also known as Summer Lilac, this ornamental shrub was introduced from its native
range in China in the early 1900s. Although sometimes recommended for butterfly
gardens, it does not serve as a host plant for the larvae. It is planted so extensively
that it commonly escapes from gardens and is invasive through much of the U. S.
Print Version: Problem Plant – Butterfly Bush
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Tags: Escapes from plantings to aggressively invade natural habitats, displacing native plants, Forms dense, shrubby thickets, Takes over stream banks and disturbed areas, Supplants other plants as nectar sources and
reduces their pollination, Spreads by abundant seed dispersed by wind, Bush attractive to butterflies, Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa), Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis), Gayfeather/ Blazing Star (Liatris spicata), Narrow-Leaved Meadowsweet (Spiraea alba), New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus), New York Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis), Spicebush (Lindera benzoin), Steeplebush (Spiraea tomentosa), Sweet Pepperbush (Clethra alnifolia)
Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica), Wild Indigo (Baptisia australis)