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Wooly Butterflybush
Buddleia marrubiifolia

Loganiaceae (Buddlejaceae)

Wooly butterfly bush is a striking shrub with velvety, ash-gray foliage that sets off the eye-catching orange flowers from spring to fall. It grows just barely into the Trans-Pecos from Mexico, in limestone habitats in desert canyons and arroyos. The marble-sized flowers are produced from spring to fall, and the foliage lasts well into winter. It needs full sun and dry, well-drained, unamended soil to look its best, and requires little care once established; it is prone to root rot if overwatered. Pruning in the early spring will help keep its shape dense and promote flowering, since it blooms on new wood. It can suffer freeze damage in severe winters and is only marginally hardy north of Austin, although it may return from the roots. Butterflies are indeed attracted to the flowers.

Plant Habit or Use: small shrub

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: orange

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: capsule

Height: to 5 feet

Width: to 5 feet

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: very high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: neutral

USDA Hardiness Zone: 8

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