Plant Care Butterfly bush

Butterfly bush

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Butterfly bush has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Butterfly bush has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily

Also known as

Butterfly-bush, Summer lilac and Orange eye


Buddleja davidii

How to care for Butterfly bush


How often to water your Butterfly bush

Water needs for Butterfly bush
0.5 cups
every 9

Butterfly bush needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Butterfly bush

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Butterfly bush in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Butterfly bush: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Butterfly bush love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Butterfly bush does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Butterfly bush in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Butterfly bush

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Butterfly bush: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Butterfly bush after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Butterfly bush is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

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Care Summary for Butterfly bush

Butterfly bush

Butterfly bush

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

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Butterfly bush has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
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It is a beautiful plant!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily

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