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Butterfly Bush: Loved by People and Butterflies Alike
The beautiful flowering butterfly bush is so named because it attracts butterflies, making it a striking conversation piece in any yard. Butterfly bushes get very large, so keep that in mind when choosing a place to plant one. They usually get at least six feet tall and can get much taller in good growing conditions. The flowers are in large spiked clusters of pink, purple, red or white with orange throats. Butterfly bush should not be confused with the orange wildflower known as butterfly weed.
The butterfly bush is hardy in zones 5 to 10, which is most of the southern half of the US. The butterfly bush was originally found in the Orient, then was taken to France for cultivation. In Europe it was called "summer lilac" because of the large fragrant flower clusters that resemble lilac. The plant attracts hummingbirds as well as butterflies.