Adonis Blue Butterfly Bush

Attracts Butterflies and Hummingbirds

  • Compact Butterfly bush perfect for any spaces
  • Rich, unique blue-purple bloom clusters
  • Versatile in the landscape
  • Adaptable to soil and conditions
  • Low maintenance

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Are you looking for a butterfly bush that is not too big and overwhelming? Well, the Adonis Blue Butterfly Bush is the plant for you! This shrub is a compact plant with long cone shaped blooms covered in hundreds of tiny dark purple flowers.

Blooming in the late summer to early fall, the Adonis Blue Butterfly Bush attracts butterflies and hummingbirds for your personal enjoyment. The Adonis Blue Butterfly Bush has flashy and fragrant blooms on the ends of the branches. This shrub is excellent for cutting to adorn your table with fragrant blooms during the growing seasons. For a fuller and more extravagant plant, cut the plant back severely in the spring. Fortunately, this bush does not attract feeding friends like deer. It is easy to maintain and can adapt to different soil types and PH levels. Plant the Adonis Blue Butterfly Bush in full sun anywhere in your landscaping. Only growing 4 feet high and 4 feet wide, this plant is perfect to plant almost anywhere.

From containers to foundation planting, this plant is versatile and will survive most conditions. So, if you’re looking for a compact, beautiful and blooming bush with the bonus of fragrance and friendly visitors, look no further because the Adonis Blue Butterfly Bush is available right now for you!

Additional Information

Shipping Restriction AZ
Brand Proven Winners
Grows in Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Sunlight Full Sun, Part Sun
Soil Type Adaptable, Well-drained
Mature Height 3-4 Feet
Mature Width 5-6 Feet
Drought Tolerance Good
Fall Color Green
Botanical Name Buddleia davidii 'Adokeep'

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My only chid's name is Adonis and he's Very dear to me ! And the color of the bush with the name Butterfly in it - I felt GOD spoke to me - ( to Heal !!!! )
Tanja B on Jul 20, 2016
My only chid's name is Adonis and he's Very dear to me ! And the color of the bush with the name Butterfly in it - I felt GOD spoke to me - ( to Heal !!!! )
Tanja B on Jul 20, 2016
May I leave it in the pot as a potted plant?
A shopper on Jul 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You can definitely keep this as a potted plant. But you will need to upsize the container when the roots need more space. You can tell when this is necessary when the soil no longer holds water well(basically it becomes more roots than soil) and/or you start to see roots poking out of the drainage holes in the bottom or rising to the top of the soil. Potted plants need watered and fertilized more often than plants in the ground. So, keep that in mind as well.


How To Care for your new Adonis Blue Butterfly Bush

When planting your Butterfly Bush be sure you have the right location and conditions for your new shrub to thrive.  Spring and Fall are ideal times to plant.  However, if you avoid freezing and hot temperatures you can plant almost any time of the year.  

Butterfly bushes tolerate full sun and part shade and are adaptable to a variety of soils as long as your soil is well drained.  If your soil is nutrient rich your Butterfly bush will not require fertilizer.  Fertilize in early spring and when planting if your soil is lacking.  Choose a basic slow release fertilizer for flowering plants.  When planting take care not to burn the roots by mixing the fertilizer into the soil before placing your bush in the hole. Water well when your plant is newly planted, but otherwise Butterfly bushes are drought tolerant and only require watering during dry, hot periods. Butterfly bushes don't require pruning, but if you would like to maintain size, these shrubs tolerate heavy pruning.  In cooler climates where this shrub acts more like a perennial, trim within a couple inches of the ground in late winter or early spring. Mulching is a good choice especially in colder regions to protect the roots from freezing temperatures.

The best way to prevent disease and pests is by providing the appropriate care for your plants.  Proper location choice, watering, and fertilization are the keys to your success.  Butterfly bushes are quite resilient and only rarely have issues.  The most common pests affecting this shrub are Japanese beetles and caterpillars.  Japanese beetles can be controlled naturally or by applying bacillus thuringiensis or nematodes as well as hand picking.  There are chemical methods as well, but these tend not to work well this Insect.  Caterpillars should be hand picked.  There are pesticides to treat caterpillars, but these will kill the good caterpillars as well as the bad.

Planting Instructions

Step 1:

Unpack all of your plants right away! Look for the perfect location. Make sure you are planting in the correct light conditions.

Step 2:

Dig a hole twice the width of the root ball. Position your plant in the hole. Make sure the top of the root ball is slightly higher than the original grade of the bed. Also check to make sure it is straight from all sides.

Step 3:

Fill up hole with water before placing new plant in hole in order to saturate the surrounding soil.  Once the water is absorbed place your plant in the hole and water thoroughly.  


Planting a shrub digging the hole

Step 4:

Mix the potting soil and the soil removed from the hole. Start by backfilling soil around the root ball. Carefully pack in the soil to remove any air pockets. Water plant thoroughly again until the soil will not hold any more water. This will ensure that your new plant will be a success.

Step 5:

Fertilize around your plant with the amount recommended on the package. Our special Fertilizer contains all of the nutrients to keep your plants growing and healthy. Repeat every 3 months.

Step 6:

Finish up by mulching around your new plant.  Apply 2 - 3 inches of mulch around the plant and plant bed. Mulch will help keep the soil moist and keep weeds out.

Step 7:

Keep watered with a hose every 2-3 days for 2 weeks. This is critical for plant survival. In the third week, begin to water as needed depending on the weather. Always check by placing your finger under the mulch to see if the soil is moist.



Shipping and Delivery

Most orders ship next business day.  Please allow 1-3 business day to process and pack your order for shipping.  View the Fedex shipping map below.  Please note that Fedex ships Monday-Saturday only and shipping times on the map below are not guaranteed.  West coast orders MAY be held until the following Monday to prevent additional transit time on sensitive plants.  Your plants will be carefully packaged and shipped using Fedex.   

You will receive a confirmation via email when Fedex picks up your shipment.  Delivery emails are also sent when your package arrives.  As soon as your package arrives, It is important to open your boxes and water your new plants thoroughly.

How much is shipping? Add all of your items to the cart.  At checkout, your shipping price to ship your order will be displayed.

Each plant is carefully hand selected and packaged making sure that they will arrive ready to plant!  We ship Fedex Home Delivery which will ensure your package will also be delivered on a Saturday.  

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I planted last week. It actually does attract butterflies. I will be buying more. I love the bloom color of this butterfly bush. It also came nicely packaged and was big.
July 15, 2014
I love this plant. Very happy with all of the butterflies. My kids love it...
July 20, 2014

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