Hardiness: USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F) USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F) USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun Sun to Partial Shade
Bloom Color: Violet/Lavender
Bloom Time: Mid Summer Late Summer/Early Fall Mid Fall
Foliage: Deciduous Variegated
Other details: This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds Flowers are fragrant Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater This plant is resistant to deer
Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
On May 8, 2011, heartopensky from Beacon, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:
First, to answer lindanat's question: I'm in the Hudson Valley, NY to your NJ, and my 'Harlequin' behaved exactly as you describe in it's first year. I got mine from a Bluestone Perennials in spring '09, in a 4" pot, so the root system was very immature and I assumed that to be the cause. The second year, however, it took off like a rocket - easily 5.' Both years, it was mulched at about 2" hardwood shavings, zone 6 (SE tip of Dutchess Co.), nothing special. But...
I dislike this plant for several reasons: 1) it is supposed to be a dwarf. My growing conditions are far from optimal (not truly full sun; quite a bit of dappled shade), and yet it has still exceeded it's growth max of 4', topping out at 5' last summer. As I've a small yard, carefully planned, this looked horribly oppressive where I planted it.
2) it's growth habit: I expected a "bush," however mine looks like a tall, narrow Miscanthus on shrub legs - yuck! Gawky, ungainly, just plain ugly vase-like form. I've read subsequently that you can "shear" the plant after flowering. I'll give that a whirl this year, but I'm not optimistic (p.s., I cut it back each spring correctly to 12").
3) the variegated foliage REVERTS. Yup. Last year, cut out three reverted stems. This year, it is barely out of the batter's box, and showing signs of 50% reversion, plus strange leaf contortion/undulation (is Buddleja subject to leaf miners??). I'm giving this one more season, and then composing it if I see more reversion/no form improvement from shearing.
On the plus side: it's blooms are gorgeous: true red-violet, which is just what I wanted, and in this it did not disappoint. Looks just *perfect* with the variegated foliage (when it is present! lol). Really wanted to like this one, but I've had bad luck with it. :-(
On Mar 16, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:
Buddleia davidii 'Harlequin' VARIEGATED BUTTERFLY B Dec (z5) (Fra,Bfly,Cut)
Though the butterflies don't seem to care!, we think the conspicuously cream-variegated leaves of this special variety add greatly to its beauty, combined with its red-purple,frag. flowers (these the bflys do approve of!)S/M
(FROM FOREST FARM)
On Aug 26, 2005, flowercrazy39 from Manchester, NH wrote:
Three years and running with this plant and I have gotten more butterflies in my yard than I've ever seen in my life! I have it planted on one side of the railing in my front yard and I just planted a Dark Knight version on the other side. The whole neighborhod comments on how beautiful it is!
On May 28, 2004, braz911 from Bow, NH (Zone 5a) wrote:
I just planted this plant for the first time. I am an avid bird watcher and love to be outside in my background. I wanted to attract more life to my yard so I did some homework on the Butterfly plant. So far, my plant is doing well. I don't know if it will bloom for me the first year but time will tell.
On Oct 30, 2003, dho1655 from Belvedere Tiburon, CA wrote:
This plant is deer-resistant.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Prescott Valley, Arizona Chico, California Garden Grove, California Lake Wildwood, California Long Beach, California Mountain View Acres, California Paradise, California Sacramento, California San Jose, California San Leandro, California Tiburon, California Woodland, California Saint Cloud, Florida Jesup, Georgia Boise, Idaho Aurora, Illinois Beach Park, Illinois Chillicothe, Illinois Mount Prospect, Illinois Hagerstown, Indiana Port Deposit, Maryland Dearborn Heights, Michigan Lake Lotawana, Missouri Pinardville, New Hampshire La Luz, New Mexico Beacon, New York Nineveh, New York Brevard, North Carolina Sugar Grove, North Carolina Huber Heights, Ohio Owasso, Oklahoma Morrisville, Pennsylvania Pawtucket, Rhode Island North Augusta, South Carolina Prosperity, South Carolina Sherman, Texas Herndon, Virginia Lexington, Virginia Linton Hall, Virginia West Springfield, Virginia Bothell, Washington Meadow Creek, West Virginia