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Buddleia davidii Harlequin * Variegated Butterfly Bush

Buddleia Harlequin brings interest to the garden even when it is not in bloom with the contrasting variegation in the leaves. Variegated Butterfly Bush has a weeping aspect compared to the other Buddleia davidii cultivars. Otherwise the growth habit of Buddleia Harlequin is quite like the others. The white margin of the leaves stands out quite nicely even when the plants are not in bloom. Buddleia Harlequin will grow to 6-8 feet and maybe a little more in a good location. The rich purple Buddleia Halequin flowers are very fragrant. The Buddleia's can be kept blooming by deadheading or cutting the flowers. This can become quite a task on a 10 foot bush. Unfortunately the flowers do not readily drop on their own and must be trimmed off for the plants to look their best.

Buddleia Harlequin is a nectar source for the Red Admiral Butterfly and a great addition to the butterfly garden.

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Buddleia Harlequin, Variegated Butterfly Bush