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Buddleja marrubiifolia Benth.
Woolly Butterflybush, Butterfly Bush, Woolly Butterfly-bush
Buddlejaceae (Butterfly-Bush Family)
USDA Symbol: BUMA
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Shape: Elliptic
Leaf Margin: Serrate
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 6 feet tall.
Leaf: Velvety, ash-gray, silver to white foliage
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Orange , Yellow
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
Native Distribution: Southern Trans-Pecos Mexico.
Native Habitat: High elevation, Ditches, Ravines, Depressions, Hillsides, Slopes
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
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Naval Air Station Kingsville - Kingsville, TX
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
NPSOT - Native Plant Society of Texas - Fredericksburg, TX
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX
NPSOT - Fredericksburg Chapter - Fredericksburg, TX
NPSOT - Austin Chapter - Austin, TX
BibliographyBibref 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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Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Buddleja marrubiifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Buddleja marrubiifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Buddleja marrubiifolia
MetadataRecord Modified: 2022-12-02
Research By: TWC Staff, RLU