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Buddleja marrubiifolia (Woolly butterflybush)
Marcus, Joseph A.

Buddleja marrubiifolia

Buddleja marrubiifolia Benth.

Woolly butterflybush, Butterfly bush, Woolly Butterfly-bush

Buddlejaceae (Butterfly-Bush Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: buma

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

 

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Shape: Elliptic
Leaf Margin: Serrate
Leaf: Velvety, ash-gray, silver to white foliage
Fruit:
Size Class: 3-6 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Orange
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov

Distribution

USA: TX
Native Distribution: Southern Trans-Pecos Mexico.
Native Habitat: High elevation, Ditches, Ravines, Depressions, Hillsides, Slopes

Growing Conditions

Water 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.

Benefit

Use 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

Propagation

Commercially Avail: yes
Maintenance: Prune to maintain shape, Prevent complete soil dryness, Fertilize 2 to 3 times during the growing season with rose food

From the National Suppliers Directory

According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:

Wrights Nursery - Briggs, TX
Far South Wholesale Nursery - Austin, TX

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Native Plant Society of Texas - Fredericksburg, TX
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX
NPSOT - Fredericksburg Chapter - Fredericksburg, TX
NPSOT - Austin Chapter - Austin, TX

Bibliography

Bibref 766 - Dale Groom's Texas Gardening Guide (2002) Groom, D.
Bibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski
Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
Bibref 291 - Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife (1999) Damude, N. & K.C. Bender

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Buddleja marrubiifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Buddleja marrubiifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Buddleja marrubiifolia

Metadata

Record Last Modified: 2009-02-20
Research By: TWC Staff, RLU

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