I have taken a picture of a butterfly weed, and we were discussing all of the flowers that are close to each other for names and or type.
Now, the Butterfly bush is a shrub, and a beautiful shrub it is. It’s Latin name is Buddleja davidii and is a woody shrub. It comes from China in several flower colors--including white, pink, and purple--and is a staple in both hummingbird and butterfly gardens.
I would like to eventually get one for myself, but I have to tame the wild country outside my door, first. I am struggling (well, not struggling enough) with thistle and grasses in my herb garden and around the few plants that I do have. I don’t think I can justify the cost of a shrub until this is taken care of. (Maybe in a hundred years?)
Butterfly Weed is sometimes mistakenly called “Bush”, but it is perennial.. Asclepias tuberosa (Asclepiadaceae) is the Latin name. It is an extremely hardy, long-lived perennial native to North America. Butterfly Weed may take up to two years to become established from seed, and then it should bloom every year.
Note: Also called Pleurisy Root: it is a member of the Milkweed family, so most parts of the plant contain toxins. Poultices for sores were made from the powdered root. A tea from the root encourages sweating. A tea can also be made to induce vomiting.
Again, something I want, but after the jungle is gone outside my door. Wish I would wave a magic wand and have the fairies till and work my gardens. I am a gardener planner, not a weeder! And no one but me to do the work, as Norm has the vegetable gardens to struggle with. HIS fairy isn’t working too well, either!
Sometimes Milkweed is called Butterfly weed and no wonder! They are nearly the same! Milkweed’s Latin name is Asclepias .. and Butterfly Weed is just one of over 200 different plants throughout the world.
Disclaimer - again, not my own picture
It is suggested that you plant two or three different kinds of Milkweed, including Butterfly Weed, to attract your Monarch butterflies. I was surprised to find that you can actually buy a common Milkweed plant – the very same kind as most people pull from their gardens. I know – I did, until I found that lovely caterpillar on one.
So, until my massive mess outside gets tamed, I am going to allow the Milkweeds to run rampant. When (if) I get it tamed, I will plant more Milkweeds and Butterfly Weeds and even a Butterfly Bush … love those butterflies!
Have a beautiful day!