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Marcus, Joseph A.
Buddleja marrubiifolia Benth.
Woolly butterflybush, Butterfly bush, Woolly Butterfly-bush
USDA Symbol: BUMA
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf Retention: Deciduous Leaf Shape: Elliptic Leaf Margin: Serrate Leaf:
Velvety, ash-gray, silver to white foliage Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Orange
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
TX Native Distribution:
Southern Trans-Pecos Mexico. Native Habitat:
High elevation, Ditches, Ravines, Depressions, Hillsides, Slopes USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay, Limestone-based
Conditions Comments: Woolly butterfly bush attracts a fair number of butterflies. The orange flowers and fuzzy leaves of pale gray-green are attractive. Because it is accustomed to a warmer part of Texas, woolly butterfly bush needs protection from freezes.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Aromatic, Color, Planned landscape, Attractive, Showy, Blooms ornamental, Long-blooming. Drought-tolerant, suitable for xeriscaping
Use Wildlife: Nectar-butterflies, Browse
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: Moderate
PropagationCommercially Avail: yes
Maintenance: Prune to maintain shape, Prevent complete soil dryness, Fertilize 2 to 3 times during the growing season with rose food
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Record Modified: 2009-02-20
Research By: TWC Staff, RLU