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Tip: Cutting butterfly bushes




Q. What about butterfly bushes? Should they be trimmed to the ground?

Ans: Butterfly bushes can grow 6′-12′ tall and have a spread of 4′-15′ in warm
climates, but even so, the recommended care of butterfly bushes is to prune
them back to the ground in the winter garden. The butterfly bushes will
re-emerge from their roots in spring. Blooms tend to be larger and more
prolific on the new growth of butterfly bushes, giving you incentive to
prune them. You essentially want to treat butterfly bushes as if they were
herbaceous perennials rather than shrubs. Blooms on butterfly bushes can be
purple, pink, white, or red, and they usually have an orange “throat” in the
center.





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