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Growing Buddleja marrubiifolia: Woolly Butterfly Bush

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Description
Form: A shrub with an irregular growth pattern.
Leaf retention: Deciduous.
Growth rate: Moderate.
Mature Size: 5' high and wide.
Flowers: Tiny orange flowers, in ball-shaped clusters about 1/2" across.
Bloom: Late winter, spring, summer or fall, depending on location.
Fruit: Insignificant.
Leaves: Velvety, silver to silver-green leaves with serrated margins.
Stems: No thorns.
Wildlife: Attracts butterflies and bees.
Toxic / Danger: No.
Origin: Native to Texas and Mexico.

Cultivation and Uses
USDA hardiness zones: 8-11.
Heat tolerant: Yes.
Drought tolerant: Yes.
Sun: Full sun to part shade.
Water once established: Monthly.
Soil: Well drained, pH 6.1-8.5 (slightly acidic to alkaline). Adapts to most soil types.
Prune: To maintain shape.
Litter: Low.
Propagation: Cuttings from new growth.
Uses: Ornamental, xeric garden.

Comments
In full sun, this plant attracts butterflies briefly when the flowers have first opened. In part shade, more butterflies may appear. Plants listed on the Butterfly Garden page attract butterflies over a longer period of time. This plant is a member of the Figwort family (Scrophulariaceae).



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Buddleja marrubiifolia: Woolly Butterfly Bush - flower

Buddleja marrubiifolia: Woolly Butterfly Bush