Butterfly Bush
Great Nectar Plant for Butterflies

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BUTTERFLY BUSH
Buddleia davidii
Common Buckeye Junonia coenia Host or Larval Food Plant

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Although not often used in the wild, caterpillars are found on this plant occasionally. In contained areas, such as exhibits, they have been known to totally strip a plant of all leaves.
Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia) butterfly caterpillar larva eating Butterfly Bush leaves (Buddleia davidii)

Common Buckeye Butterfly Junonia coenia caterpillar eating Butterfly Bush leaf.
Buckeye (Junonia coenia) butterfly drinking nectar from a lavender Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii)

Buckeye Junonia coenia butterfly drinking nectar from a lavender Butterfly Bush Buddleia davidii

Botanical Name: Buddleia davidii

Common Names: Butterfly Bush

Plant type: Shrub

s Zone: 9 - 11

Light: Sun

Size: Grows to 10 feet

Water: Average water needs.

Soil: Well drained soil

Propagation: Cuttings

Bloom: White, pink, purple, lavender, and yellow.

Note: Extrememly popular nectar plant for butterflies and nectar-drinking moths.

Note: Host plant for Common Buckeye Junonia coenia). Use of Butterfly Bush by Buckeyes as a host plant is not as common as the use of various weeds.