‘White Profusion’ is a free-flowering, white butterfly bush with blooms from summer until frost. Long panicles grow an amazing 8″ long on 4-6′ plants. Foliage is persistent into winter, making a nice contrast with dried grasses and woody stems. Cut plants down to the ground in spring. Blooms on new growth.
Butterfly species attracted include Monarch, Buckeye, Black Swallowtail, Tiger Swallowtail, Pipevine Swallowtail , Snout Butterfly, Great Spangled Fritillary, Pearl Crescent, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Common Checkered-Skipper, and other Brush-footed butterflies.
Pretty flowers attract butterflies like many other bright blooms, but they also emit a special honey-scented fragrance that lures butterflies like a moth to a flame and provide nectar.
In the garden these plants are covered with butterflies, especially during hot sunny afternoons. Buddleias attract other insects as well, including moths and hummingbirds.
In colder zones butterfly bush die back to the ground which is good since they bloom on new growth. They’re happy in almost any soil and prefer moist ground, but will also do well in dry spots. They need plenty of sun, but will grow with light shade.