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Beginner Gardening: is butterfly bush & butterfly weed the same plant

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Belchertown, MA

August 13, 2012
6:28 AM

Post #9239788

is butterfly bush & butterfly weed the same plant just called different names?
Opp, AL
(Zone 8b)

August 15, 2012
8:51 AM

Post #9242263

Butterfly weed usually refers to Asclepias tuberosa, and often to other Asclepias (milkweeds.) Butterfly bush is usually used to refer to Buddleia but often used in regard to Lantana as well. Common names are fine for walking around the yard, but proper names or pics are necessary to discuss plants when not there in person.


central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

August 15, 2012
12:58 PM

Post #9242518

they are not the same plant
Belchertown, MA

August 16, 2012
7:19 AM

Post #9243329

thanks for your answers! flowAjen, your answers were superb, as I know nothing! I followed your links and could see what I am growing! I bought 3 bare root butterfly bushes but there was no choice of color so it will be a surprise when they bloom. They are only about 5 inches tall now. Maybe I will see more action next year.
I also bought a package of orange butterfly weed seeds because I like the orange.

Thank you all again for your help.


central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

August 16, 2012
7:21 PM

Post #9244140

glad to help

both are very easy to grow
Kankakee, IL
(Zone 5b)

August 18, 2012
5:46 PM

Post #9245999

Great question! I learner something!

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