Does not need to be cut back like other butterfly bush. Platycodon is Greek from platys meaning “broad” and kodon meaning “bell”, referring to the shape of the flower. Plants for Butterflies and Other Pollinators, Alpine, Rock, Miniature, Bonsai and Railroad Gardens. They have a really sweet, honey-like scent and … It can be trained into tree form by pruning, making its pendulous form even more striking. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition. bettya@heritageflowerfarm.com. In bloom, the whole bush has a fizzy and fireworky energy. AND, if you decide you'd prefer to have your F-B standard in a pot instead of in the ground, pollarding is the great convenience as well:  Pollard in late Fall, after hard frosts have forced most of the plant's leaves to drop, and it's, therefore, fairly dormant. Hybrid between Buddleia davidii and a species from Chile. Tree form may superficially resemble a small weeping willow. This cleans the plant up dramatically, and also stimulates growth of new and particularly long and weeping stems. Green flowers in summer then, “conspicuous in winter when covered with its grayish white fruits which stay on the branches until spring.”  Bailey  “The leaves turn a fine brown-purple in the fall, but the berries are the thing – pewter in color, with a texture like those Fourth of July sparklers of childhood memory, they have a delicious fragrance.” Allen Lacy. Then the plant will be vastly more compact and easy to handle as you lug it into shelter. (But yes, no wonder the cultivar is 'Argentea':  Could these leaves be more silver?). Louis tries to capture the exact words to describe the fleeting but deep pleasures to be found in these Summer-into-Autumn incredibles. The huge lavender flowers spikes are an astonishing 18" in length and drape gracefully over the bush in late spring. But handling an already-clipped pollard during the shuffle indoors in the Fall is immensely easier than one that's still in "full weep." Another name: the Figwort family? Finally:  The Snapdragon family. Yes, this is a buddleja—but it's in bloom in early June, not the usual July through September season of the regular Butterfly Bushes, which are all cultivars of Buddleja davidii. Sold in America’s 1st plant catalog, Bartram’s Broadside, 1783. Facts: Buddleia. This deciduous to semi-evergreen shrub typically grows from 6 to 10 feet tall by 4 to 10 feet wide with a rather open, arching form. Very easy to grow. Open Tues-Saturday 9 AM to 5 PM Common: Seedless Butterfly Bush, Nectar Bush, Summer Lilac (formerly known as Butterfly Bush). It’s fragrant too and, true to its name, butterflies love it. After the bush has had a few years to get organized (be patient: young plants have none of the zero-to-sixty-by-August mindset of, But unless you live in Novosobirsk, Fountain Butterfly wood is completely hardy top to bottom, with none of the massive die-back typical of, After you and your Fountain Buddleja standard are well established as a couple, you could even cut. Size: 3-4’ x 12”Care: Sun to part shade in moist, acidic soil, Lilium was named for the Greek word for smooth, polished referring to its leaves. Thanks to the silver foliage, these are showy right from the get-go, and continue to charm all season long. In other words, grow your F-B as a pollard. Fountain Buddleja, though, makes all the uncommon and astonishing choices. With its graceful weeping habit, it is best grown up onto a single stem and planted in a position to allow its … Buddleia alternifolia is not one of the more common Buddleia davidii - The Butterfly Bushes. Family: Scrophulariaceae, Buddlejaceae, Loganiaceae Genus: Buddleia or Buddleja (bud-LEE-uh) – named for the Reverend Adam Buddle, an amateur botanist from England. After you and your Fountain Buddleja standard are well established as a couple, you could even cut all the branches back to the top of the trunk when the blooming's done, not just those that have flowered. Fountain Buddleja, though, makes all the uncommon and astonishing choices. Weeping, delicate—and, unless trained, a bit messy. Butterfly Bush, Silver Fountain. Fountain Buddlejas flower only that one time, in Spring, but this too is an opportunity not a limitation. Fountain Butterfly Bush blooms in early spring before Buddleia davidii's do. It blooms in Spring but not in Summer. In 1800’s considered “very ornamental in the shrubbery.”. The leaves of some cultivars are densely hairy underneath. Closed Sunday and Monday. After the bush has had a few years to get organized (be patient: young plants have none of the zero-to-sixty-by-August mindset of B. davidii), stake the biggest branch upright and then (gulp) lop off all the rest of the bush. Graceful, arching, weeping silvery foliage with cascading lavender flowers. IT IS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT OUR RETAIL LOCATION. Bayberry thickets also provide nesting sites for songbirds, offering excellent protection from predators.Size: Fragrant leaves used for potpourri, abundant berries used to make candles. And, remember, the flowering is only for those few weeks in Spring, whereas the fabulous weepiness is with you all Summer and Fall.). Known also as 'Hardy butterfly bush,' it is the cold, hardy species of the buddleias, good from zones 5 to 11. The simplest option is to grow it as a standard. Silver Spring Blooming Butterfly Bush (Buddleia) Stunningly different and showy, few shrubs can rival this outstanding selection. It's not even just about this cultivars gorgeous silver foliage, as pleasing as any olive's. Drought tolerant once established Buddleia alternifolia is relatively disease and pest free in a well drained humus rich soil. Balloon shaped buds opening to white bells in mid to late summer. So they're showy by virtue of sheer number as well as their stems' geometry of many downward arcs. Unlike most butterfly bushes, silver fountain will not die to the ground each winter. Asclepias Butterfly weed, Milkweed Boxwood Buxus Aster ssp. Fountain Butterfly Bush makes a great addition to our Wildlife Herb Garden Six Pack. Offered for sale in Bartram Garden’s 1783 Broadside, America’s 1st plant catalog. Details B. alternifolia is a vigorous large deciduous shrub which can be trained into a small tree, with arching branches bearing narrow, grey-green leaves and sweetly scented lilac-purple flowers, borne in clusters along the previous year's shoots It flowers on wood (growth) made the previous year so its pruning needs are different. It attracts butterflies. a mad scientist, searching out plants that most people have, never seen before & figuring out how to make them perform.” - The Boston Globe, or just about any other place where concrete consumes, the dirt and skyscrapers shield the sunshine.” - USA Today. Knighted by Swedish King Gustav. Give it plenty of room because it gets huge! Easy! Graceful, arching, weeping silvery foliage and, in early summer, lavender flowers cascade all along the stems like an upside-down mop of purple. This keeps the gray foliage as silver as possible, and also maximizes the flowering. Depending on how the bush is handled, they could even flow. This 6 - 8' tall and wide multi-stemmed deciduous shrub has narrow silver leaves and a fountain of cascading, fragrant, lavender flowers in spring on the previous season's growth. Silver Fountain Butterfly Bush Photo: Bob Nold for Plant Select® Myrtle's easy when the conditions are right. Argentea Alternate Leaf Butterfly Bush flowers Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder Argentea Alternate Leaf Butterfly Bush Buddleia alternifolia 'Argentea' Height: 8 feet Spread: 10 feet Sunlight: Hardiness Zone: 5 Other Names: Silver Fountain Butterfly Bush Description: A sizeable garden shrub with showy purple-blue flowers that attracts Bailey (1935) highly recommended this lily as “(o)ne of the most beautiful and satisfactory of all lilies, robust, permanent (and) easily grown…”, 33725 Hwy L, Mukwonago WI 53149 Grows well in all but tropical climates as long as the soil is suitable and some moisture is available. Need other even more adventurous options? Here's how to grow this unusual butterfly bush: Scrophulariaceae, the Scrophularia family? Silver fountain butterfly bush is a large, elegant, vase-shaped shrub covered with small silver leaves. Fast growing and cold hardy, award-winning Buddleja alternifolia (Butterfly Bush) is a gorgeous, deciduous, multi-stemmed shrub that can be trained as a small weeping tree. Size: 24" x 12"Care: Full sun to part shade in moist well-drained to well-drained soil.Native: Eastern AsiaAwards: England's Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit. Origin: Native to East Asia and South America. And that would be? The blooms are just georgeous. And instead of the stiff up-and-outward branching of B. davidii, Fountain Buddleia branches walk the walk and talk the talk of its name: They weep, and seriously so. © 2020 LouisLovesGardening, Ltd. All rights reserved. Its bloom lasts only about a month, but it is truly spectacular. Produces arching, leafy shoots set with roundish clusters of yellow-orange flowers. Then the canopy will be nothing but fresh new graceful weeping stems that Summer, as well as the following Spring. Or the "wall of weep" you'd have if the F-B were fanned onto a wall or fence. Please see ‘Schedule’ page for more information. Argentea Alternate Leaf Butterfly Bush is an open multi-stemmed perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. ‘Argentea’ selected at Hillier Nursery in England in 1939. The straight species has all the charm and potential of weeping and training and flowering, but the green foliage is boring compared to the silver-leaved variety. Aster Burning Bush Euonymus alatus Atriplex canescens Four-Wing Saltbush Butterfly Bush, Silver Fountain Buddleja alternifolia 'Argentea' Aurinia saxitalis* Basket-of-Gold* Butterfly weed, Milkweed Asclepias Baptisia False Indigo Carpet Bugle Ajuga Long downward-arching stems would do a weeping willow proud, but on untrained plants there are too many of them, and in an asymmetrical and haystack fashion. Buddleja alternifolia, known as alternate-leaved butterfly-bush, is a species of flowering plant in the figwort family, which is endemic to Gansu, China.A substantial deciduous shrub growing to 4 metres (13 ft) tall and wide, it bears grey-green leaves and graceful pendent racemes of scented lilac flowers in … Briliant orange with purple spots, turks-cap type lily blooming in late summer to early fall, Size: 10’ x 12”Care: shade to sun in moist, acidic soilNative: from VT to Fl & west to Mississippi River, incl. Easy as long as the plant gets all possible sun, and is planted in well-draining or even sandy soil. Cut off all the long weeping flowering stems right after the flowers are through. It blooms in Spring but not in Summer. Two other options for Fun with Fountain Buddlejas:  Train a pair of the bushes up and over a high arch or even a (small) pergola. This is a very fast growing, cold hardy species of Butterfly Bush that shouldn’t be cut back in the spring like the more familiar Buddleia davidii cultivars. And its wood is totally hardy, so there's no die-back to deal with in Spring. Buddleja named to honor Reverend Adam Buddle, Vicar of Farmbridge in Essex and botanist, (1662-1715) Alternifolia means the leaves alternate on the stem. Also known as the ‘Fountain Butterfly Bush’ this one flowers on the previous years wood, so prune after flowering. It’s fragrant too and, true to its name,  butterflies love it. It's always a butterfly, bee, and hummingbird draw. This is your chance to get rid of the flower stems as well as do any structural reconfiguring and training. Large, nodding flower heads with recurved petals white, glowing pinkish in August, fragrant. Argentum is Latin meaning silver. Alternate-leaf Butterfly Bush is easy to distinguish from other Buddleja's because its leaves are alternate instead of opposite. Argentea Alternate Leaf Butterfly Bush is an open multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Size: 9’ x 10’Care: sun in any soilNative: Canada to Southeastern U.S. No pruning needed but can be pruned at any time of year, if desired.Wildlife Value: Berries relished by chickadees, red-bellied woodpeckers, swallows, Titmouse, catbirds, bluebirds, Northern flicker & yellow-rumped warblers. Size, form and leaf color can vary widel… Late Spring: early June here in Rhode Island. Clip off branches that will, inevitably, volunteer from the trunk itself, and you'll have a stunning weeping tree. Outside its broad hardiness range—from Montreal to San Diego, for heaven's sake—I would even consider growing one in a pot and overwintering it in a cool greenhouse. Their stems are square in cross-section, and young shoots are covered by dense, white hairs. Fountain butterfly bush related varieties: Buddleia alternifolia Argentea, with silvery leaves, is a popular selection and the first to flower. This one doesn't have to be cut back. In all cases, be firm about a serious clipping right after the flowers are through. aka Buddleia alternifolia 'Argentea', Argentia Butterfly Bush, Argentia Fountain Buddleia, Argentia Fountain Buddleja, Silver Fountain Butterfly Bush Buddleja lindleyana Fountain Buddleja, then, isn't just about flowers like those other Butterflies. Leaves are opposite, 3 to 5 inches long by 1 to 3 inches wide, varying from deep green to gray-green to silvery-gray. This bush's most exceptional talents are in partnering with you, to create a number of striking sculptural and structural triumphs. Yes, pruning in the Fall means you've just removed all the stems that would otherwise bloom the following Spring. Probably 1st collected for gardens by John Bartram (1699-1776). Planthunter Robert Fortune found the white form in a nursery near Shanghai and sent it to England in 1845. 2) Buddleia davidii - He made three trips to the Cape of Good Hope 1772-1775 where he collected about 1000 new species, Java and Ceylon (Sri Lanka) 1777 and 15 months in Japan  (1775-1777) where he befriended local doctors who gave him hundreds of plants new to Western horticulture. That flowers in Spring. Individual Location for Buddleja alternifolia 'Argentea': And that would be? The older the bush gets the prettier it is. That trunk will, in time, become truly trunky too: I've seen standards of Fountain Butterfly with trunks as thick as a supermodel's legs. And these are also the branches that will bear the flowers next Spring. But unless you live in Novosobirsk, Fountain Butterfly wood is completely hardy top to bottom, with none of the massive die-back typical of B. davidii. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition. Unless trained, multi-stemmed, hay-stacky, weepy, broader than tall. : The fountain butterfly bush is an excellent accent plant if given enough space. Location Map for Buddleja alternifolia 'Argentea' (Alternate-leaved Butterfly Bush; Silver Fountain Butterfly Bush) - 6 Map Locations Found Click a marker pin or a green plant 'dot' for details. Sign up for twice-monthly eNews, plus notification of new posts: New England Home Design Blog, Winter 2015, The Washington Post — "Can a Garden be Too Bee-Friendly? Read below. You don’t cut the fountain (or little-leaf) butterfly bush to the ground each year (as you do here with the more common B. davidii cultivars) so it gets really big (about 12 feet tall and just as wide) even in my cold Zone 5, an arching, fountain-like cascade of lavender blossoms produced on last year’s wood.. It’s fast growing. While the flowering and the weeping new stems that bear the flowers are always lovely, the bush overall is a mess if it's not trained one way or the other. Buddleja alternifolia is a deciduous, multi-stemmed shrub or small single trunk tree which typically grows 8-15' tall (infrequently to 20' as a tree) with arching, drooping, willow-like branches. Fortunately, a related species of butterfly bush, B. alternifolia, is much more “polite”: decades of Silver Fountain butterfly bush, a silver-leaved and more cold-hardy selection of B. alternifolia was selected as Plant Select ® winner in 1998 for its adaptability to western gardens, gracefully arching branches, immense lavender flower clusters and beautiful silvery leaves. Purple flowers appear in clusters over a long period in spring. The plant will look spindly and aghast, so be reassuring and attentive by 1) continuing to tie the top to the stake, so you lengthen the trunk to five or six feet (or higher if you've got the yen), and 2) continuing to clip off the new sprouts that will pop up from the base of the bush, which is, of course, a buddleia, who as a tribe are always interesting in sprouting from the base. Foliage is a dull dark green above and whitish beneath. He succeeded Linnaeus as professor of medicine and botany at Uppsala. Silver Fountain Butterfly Bush, a silver-leaved and more cold-hardy selection of B. alternifolia was selected as Plant Select® winner in 1998 for its adaptability to western gardens, gracefully arching branches, immense lavender flower clusters and beautiful silvery leaves. Or fan the bush out against a fence or wall. Silver-leaved Fountain Buddleja Yes, this is a buddleja—but it's in bloom in early June, not the usual July through September season of the regular Butterfly Bushes, which are all cultivars of Buddleja davidii. Blooms on old wood, so cut back after flowering as for Buddleia alternifolia. And always site the bush to give it all possible sun. Blooms are more violet in color. Why any nursery would sell anything other than the silver-leaved is beyond me. Even out of bloom, the shrub is striking. It has an arching weeping habit, and needs different pruning to the common types of butterfly bush. Von Thunberg (1743-1828), student of Linnaeus at Uppsala University in Sweden. Neutral: On Apr 2, 2002, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote: A weeping form, B. alternifolia blooms … the Spring flowers, such a surprise from the Summer flowers of the usual butterfly bushes, which are cultivars of, the small, narrow, silvery leaves are much, much smaller than those of, Wherever it's grown, I'd highlight its weepiness with some training. The cultivar of this species, B. alternifolia 'Argentea' has silver leaves with tiny hairs. Because of this it is known as the Silver Fountain Buddleia. Its texture is medium to fine. This one doesn't have to be cut back. The cultivar’s name ‘Argentea’ means silver due to the tiny hairs on the foliage giving the plant a silvery appearance. Pruning isn't necessary with this shrub unless wanting to keep within certain boundaries. Imagine the weeping and flowering stems "pouring" down from the arch or pergola. Plant database entry for Fountain Butterfly Bush (Buddleja alternifolia) with 8 images and 27 data details. Fine:  This is a plant that knows what it likes and it's sticking to it. This species introduced to the Europe by Carl Peter von Thunberg around 1777. BUDDLEJA alternifolia 'Argentea' Commonly known as Buddleia, Butterfly bush, Fountain buddleja Leaves are covered with silvery hairs giving this form a silvery sheen "Their common name is the Butterfly Bush and that's because the beautiful flowers are filled with nectar. Scientific Name: Buddleia alternifolia 'Argentia' USDA Hardiness Zone: 4. Your weeping standard will be the ultimate in grace as well as detail. **LISTED AS OUT OF STOCK BECAUSE WE DO NOT SHIP THIS ITEM. Plant in full sun to light shade and prefers loose, organic-rich soil. Graceful, arching, weeping silvery foliage and, in early summer, lavender flowers cascade all along the stems like an upside-down mop of purple. Silver foliage with long, cascading panicles of lavender-purple flowers are sweetly fragrant and attract many colorful pollinators, especially the tiger swallowtails. the Spring flowers, such a surprise from the Summer flowers of the usual butterfly bushes, which are cultivars of B. davidii. Allergic to bees? ", Good Housekeeping Magazine — "Secrets of a Small Garden" — Secrets & How-To's. Fountain Butterfly Bush (Buddleja alternifolia) in the Butterfly Bushes Database - … 12' tall x 8' wide. Place it … L.H. Good road-side plant, salt tolerant. To 810 feet tall and wide. I like the weeping habit. And it takes up that much less room indoors over the Winter too. This 6 – 8' tall and wide multi-stemmed deciduous shrub has narrow silver leaves and a fountain of cascading, fragrant, lavender flowers in spring on the previous season's growth. I am training mine into a standard. The simplest option is to grow it as a standard. Prune after flowering and remove one-third of oldest stems. It features gracefully arching branches, studded with lance-shaped, gray-green leaves and … It's always a butterfly, bee, and hummingbird draw. Buddleja alternifolia ‘Argentea’ is also identical to Buddleja alternifolia except for the leaves which are covered in a silky hairs giving the plant a silvery appearance. And the branches that you let grow from the top of your young trunk will continue to lengthen and weep year by year. Give us a few years, and my Fountains will be sensational. the small, narrow, silvery leaves are much, much smaller than those of B. davidii, and are reminiscent of the foliage of both willows and olives. The tiny flowers, which are fragrant in addition to colorful, are in tight "popcorn ball" clusters of ten or so florets, with a score or more of the clusters along the outward-facing sides of the weeping stems. You can still have an exciting garden, full of flowers and color and wildlife. 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