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Butterfly bush-white – Buddleja davidii ‘White Profussion’

Buddleia ‘White Profusion’ which is also known as Buddlea ‘White Profusion’ and Butterfly bush ‘White Profusion’ is a sturdy, fast growing, large deciduous shrub and a perennial belonging to the genus Buddleia. They grow up to 3 metres and spread upto 5 meters. It has arching, bushy, irregular branches and the foliage is white to grey-green in summer. The leaves are lance-shaped and have soft silvery undersides. The flowers are white in summer and autumn. The flowers bloom from late spring through late summer. The flowers are scented with yellow eyes. They are in feathery plumes.
This shrub has been given RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit). This shrub perennial attracts large number of butterflies and other beneficial wildlife, such as ladybirds, lacewings and hoverflies into the garden due to its fragrance and nectar rich flowers. These shrubs can be used as Beds and borders, landscaping and is a Low Maintenance perennial. This shrub is Resistant to pollution.
This plant needs full sun to partial shade, well drained soil to grow well. The plant grows well in hardiness zones of H4. These shrubs can be planted with other plants like Oleaster ‘Gilt Edge’, Garden catmint, Tree mallow ‘Candy Floss’, Rosemary Prostratus Group etc. and they look good. They can grow even in cracked walls.

Growing conditions of white profusion

• These shrubs prefer Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy soils.
• The soil must be Moist but well-drained.
• The Soil pH should be either Acidic or Alkaline or Neutral.
• These shrubs need Partial Shade to Full Sun.
• They grow well in Hardiness zones Hardy (H4).
• Take three inches pots and transplant them by early spring.
• These shrubs can also be propogated from Semi-hardwood cuttings.
• Pruning can also be done after flowering is over.
• This shrub is largely disease resistant and free of pests.

Care of white profusion

• Add mulch to ensure draining.
• Caterpillars may eat foliages.
• The specific pests that attack the plant are Capsid bug, Caterpillars and Glasshouse red spider mite. Apply insecticide as required.
• Cut back the entire bush in early spring to about 1/3 of its original height for better flowering.
• Pinching can also be done for better branching.

Images of the plant.

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