BUDDLEIA davidii ‘Black Knight’ 

Butterfly Bush –

0296 Lance shaped gray-green leaves attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. Fragrant, colorful, summer flowering shrubs that respond well to heavy pruning in the spring.

Spectacular summer color from dark, violet-purple flower spikes. Terrific fragrance attracts butterflies. Good background or accent plant. May be slightly hardier than other varieties.

Winchester Gardens generally stocks this item. 

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Butterfly Bush
Black Knight
Shrub
5
Summer
Purple
Green
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Yes

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Yes
Yes
60-72″
60-72″

Site Selection
Select a site with full sun and moist, well-drained soil.

Planting Instructions
Plant in spring or fall, spacing plants 5 to 10 feet apart, depending on the variety. Prepare the garden bed by using a garden fork or tiller to loosen the soil to a depth of 12 to 15 inches, then mix in a 2- to 4-inch layer of compost. Dig a hole twice the diameter of the pot the plant is in. Carefully remove the plant from its container and place it in the hole so the top of the rootball is level with the soil surface. Carefully fill in around the rootball and firm the soil gently. Water thoroughly.

Care
Apply a thin layer of compost each spring, followed by a 2- to 4-inch layer of mulch to retain moisture and control weeds. Water plants during the summer if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week. Flowers are produced on new wood, so prune back old growth almost to the ground early each spring before any new growth emerges.

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