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Re: Butterfly Bush, Buddleia davidii

Hi, Zem,

The Buddleias I have (mostly B. davidii) do eventually produce babies, one here and two there. They are easy to pull when small. How I ended up with a surfeit (well, I don't know, if you can share them, can you ever have too many?) is by moving some of the seedlings to a raised bed of compost-enriches garden soil where I usually grow veggies. That was a mistake. I started out with three and ended up with a dozen the next year.

I hate to do it, but I think I'm going to have to pull the remaining Buddleias out this fall. I want my veg and herb bed back! I've been giving the Buddleias away all summer and I still have about five left. They won't transplant in this weather, and if I leave them where they are for another season, I'm going to need to set up a plants-for-sale stand in my front yard to handle the increase<g>!

I also have B. "Lochinch", which is smaller, has delicate foliage, a neater growth habit, and lovely violet-blue flowers with a yellow-orange center. I'm particularly fond of this one, and would like to propagate a couple more, but I've never known it to have offspring. Wouldn't you know?

Wendy in SW OH

----- Original Message ----- From: <Zemuly@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, September 07, 2004 9:41 PM
Subject: [CHAT] Butterfly Bush, Buddleia davidii

In a message dated 9/7/2004 8:35:47 PM Central Standard Time,
justme@prairieinet.net writes:

Well  here in zone 5, I have one that does great.... but no babies that I
ever found  in the 5 years....

That's about how long I've had mine. This was the first year I found
babies, three nice ones. I gave one away, and will probably give another one away
next spring. A friend from the UK said they are considered invasive weeds
there. I like them because, so far, Bambi doesn't.

zone 7
West TN

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