A beautiful selection with a naturally relaxed habit giving it a loftier, shorter appearance than taller varieties. Filed Under: Janet’s Journal Tagged With: Butterfly bush, catmint, drought, hawthorne, Janet Macunovich, sedum, yucca. Hawthorns provide pleasant bloom in June, fruit for the birds, and respectable fall color. Not many, sadly. In severe winters, the tops are often killed back. This article is a reminder that I need to keep some control of what I have sown! Dig a little deeper into your garden’s flip side this year for the fun of it, for a mind-expanding game, or to learn more rewarding ways to grow and use your plants. Joe Pye weed is a good example. Waxy myrtle euphorbia has a tap root. Butterfly insects found in the state of Michigan. Recordings of popular songs were once sold individually on 45 rpm “singles.” Buyers usually sought a “45” for the song on the “A” side, receiving the lesser ditty on the “B” side or the “flip side,” only by default—Elton John’s “Crocodile Rock” was the “A” accompanied by a flip side “Elderberry Wine.”. Buddleia cultivars are designed to be non-invasive and some are even sterile. Frankly if it thrives in disturbed industrial sites I don't see a big problem, but I sure am not seeing it along stream beds or really anywhere else. Yuccas and many ornamental grasses employ the same tactic. USDA map showing where Buddleia is invasive If it stayed in the gardens where it is planted, butterfly bush might be an asset to the pollinator garden. If you choose to grow a perennial or hardy woody plant from this list, don’t simply set it out in a dry bed and expect it to thrive. Bearded iris is a perfect example. Check with your local county extension to learn whether or not it's invasive where you live. There’s a lot to be learned, such as the fact that butterfly bushes, sedum and grasses not only survive drought and heat that wipe out astilbe and daylilies, but also look good under those conditions. Goldenrod is weed in most places. Don’t look and learn only during the best years, but also when disasters such as drought strike. There are regions where the threat of invasive spreading is lower due to These plants’ leaves are held parallel to the ground, better to catch every photon of light that filters through the forest canopy. If it’s a species shielded by furry foliage or a thick, waxy coating, it may come to you less hairy or thinner-skinned than it should be. It is native to China, not North America, Europe or New Zealand. 973-285-0907 fax 973-285-0936 SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN by Craig Elston with assistance from Elizabeth Tillman and Thonda Spink TOP BUTTERFLY NECTAR FLOWERS A number in front of a flower name indicates a particularly recommended plant (1 = most recommended). Yes, Butterfly Bush (Buddleia spp) is an invasive plant. Yes, butterflies do feed on the nectar of butterfly bushes but that’s where the attraction ends. Butterfly Bush As its name suggests, butterfly bush is a natural butterfly attractor, thanks to the fragrant flowers it produces in summer and fall. You probably know that cacti take up water during the brief desert rainy season and can retain and use it slowly, even over years. Do you give your garden’s flip side any attention? Please note that the butterfly bush, originally imported from China, has been classified as an invasive species in most U.S. regions. The perennial hibiscus noted for its large, dinner plate-size flowers should be cut back in early spring to 4 to 6 inches. I have several butterfly bushes. Given just occasional play, though, sawflies have a certain charm. Another alternative is to plant non-invasive plants instead of butterfly bush. 135 species of butterflies and moths use Yucca and yucca-leaf sea holly (Eryngium yuccifolium) have vertically-arranged leaves as well as tap roots. (You still can grow it!) These bushes produce a lot of seeds. Miss Molly Butterfly Bush Spacing Due to its mounded habit, the Miss Molly butterfly bush should be spaced, at minimum 60-72 inches, center on center. Obviously this may not be the same for everywhere in the US, and it's better to err on the side of caution, but my coworkers and I have discussed buddleia as an invasive and we all seem to thing that it doesn't seem to be invasive in central NJ at least. Bulbous plants and others with avoidance syndrome. This Box Tree Moth, seen in Ontario, Canada by @kyukich is our Observation of the Week!. I sought and found plants that fare well in a drought and remain attractive too. Are they to be cut back in the winter or the spring? Anyone who's ever tried to grow it from seed knows it almost never succeeds unlike butterfly weed (which is milkweed so I doubt the native-plant folks have an issue with it) and it's kind of a fraud for seed companies to even sell it! New England Aster is gorgeous planted alongside your Goldenrod, and you’ll spend many happy hours watching all the pollinators who come to visit. They can easily grow up to 12 feet in only one or two growing seasons. Butterfly bush and other “woody perennials” such as St. John’s wort (, Janet’s Journal: Observe and appreciate your plants’ flip side. Its “B” side is there to be discovered all season—a plucked stem can yield enough bright yellow-orange sap to write out a word or two. B. davidii is a multi-stemmed shrub or small-tree that is native to China and has been introduced as an ornamental world-wide, first to Europe (1890s) and then later to the Americas, Australia, New Zealand, and some parts of Africa. However, anyone familiar with the Midwest will quickly notice that Kansas IS identified on the illustration as being one of the states overrun by the subject bush. NORTH AMERICAN BUTTERFLY ASSOCIATION 4 Delaware Road, Morristown, NJ 07960 tel. So I began noting plants in my own garden and others that rely almost entirely on rain, and made the following list. Midwest Invasive Plant List Over 300 plant species are considered to be invasive, noxious, or pests by one or more jurisdictions in the Midwestern U.S. It has spread to most of the counties in So there are no species here that will naturally keep it in check. It forms dense thickets, especially along river banks and gravel bars, which What about hibiscus – should they be cut back? Its caterpillars give a preview of the color that will come, if only the gardener is tolerant of their presence and some tattered foliage. When is the proper time to cut back a butterfly bush and hibiscus. Our high relative humidity insures that spores and chances of infection abound, so we see their lower leaves begin to brown and curl, victims of mildew. Tap roots are probes that can extend many feet into the subsoil. We all know the Monarch butterfly population is well below normal this year, and this is a big concern to all of us. These plants developed “grow fast, then hide” traits to deal with bone-dry summers. I’m sure you’ve all read books about butterfly gardening, and almost every one of them recommends Butterfly Bush (Budleia spp). Is it fair that a plant with good foliage all summer, great color all fall, plus winter interest should also handle drought and heat without faltering?! Once the needle-imitating sawfly larvae depart, plummeting to the ground to pupate in the soil by next spring, that stretch of stem will be bare. Miss Molly is a heat loving and non-invasive. This issue sponsored by: Some gardening seasons are better than others. This is cited as explaining their diametrically opposed opinions. Sailing Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast. If a wildlife garden has a wide variety of native plants you’ll begin to discover that the butterflies actually prefer the natives and won’t even bother going to the butterfly bush. This is why we work with renown plant breeder Dr. Dennis Werner of North Carolina State University to introduce seedless and non-invasive varieties, like … I've heard a lot of the cultivars are sterile, but I won't chance it. This is a plant from Asia, and now it’s spreading out of control along stream banks and other areas all over the country. I’ve seen it in action myself as it is blocking out fragile dune vegetation on the beaches in Cape May, NJ. Examples of non-native plants include: 1. Learning the flip side of bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) means employing a tactic that also tends to save the plant in the long run. Maybe not in small backyard gardens, but birds carry off the seed to the point that it's popping up in … Plants and gardens are that way. Light up the landscape with the electric purple color of 'Miss Violet' buddleia. The Butterfly Bush, aka summer lilac, is a gorgeous (although sometimes invasive—see below), fast-growing, deciduous shrub with hundreds of blossoms that bloom from summer to autumn that act as somewhat of a "beacon" to butterflies and hummingbirds. Filed Under: Ask MG Tagged With: Buddleia davidii, Butterfly bush, perennial, transplanting. Even if they die back without flowering, those buds survive, insulated below the soil. We can all do so much better. If not blown away by a forceful stream of water or insecticidal soap during their debut performance, they grow to show the tolerant observer yet another dance number. Butterfly bush is considered invasive in about 20 states. Want something different? I usually squash the group and clip the affected stem back to a side branch, but not until I’ve given the group my eye and a bit of direction, moving my hand close and then away to choreograph the twitching motion.
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