‘Black Knight’ Butterfly Bush

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Buddleia davidii ‘Black Knight’
USDA Hardiness Zones: 6a to 9b
One of the first butterfly bushes to hit the big time, the ever-popular ‘Black Knight’ attracts butterflies and hummingbirds with its deep purple, nearly black, fragrant blooms. It is a stately 6- to 8-foot-tall easy-to-grow plant with dark green foliage that makes a great flowering hedge or a filler in the back of the flower border. Cut stems back nearly to the ground in late winter to encourage vigorous growth and flowering each year.
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Woody Ornamentals - Flowering Shrubs - Deciduous
Growth Size:   Medium Shrub - 6 to 8 feet tall, 4 to 8 feet wide
Growth Habit:   Upright
Features:   Easy To Grow, Sun Loving
Deer Resistant, Heat Tolerant, Drought Tolerant, Tolerates Clay Soil, Rabbit Resistant
Attracts:   Butterflies, Hummingbirds, Bees, Pollinators
Garden Ideas:   
Cottage, Rustic, Cutting
Flower features:    Fragrant, Long Flowering, Profuse flowering, Good for Cut Flowers
Lightly fragrant, dark, violet-purple flower spikes, 4-6 inches long that bloom in summer through fall
Foliage type and color:    Deciduous, Silver
Gray-green; small
Landscape Uses:    Beds, Grouping, Rock Garden, Naturalizing, Firescaping/Fire Wise
, Border, Container, Specimen
‘Black Knight’ Butterfly Bush is a Low maintenance plant
Growth Size:   Medium Shrub - 6 to 8 feet tall, 4 to 8 feet wide
Growth Rate:   Fast
Spacing:   5-7 ft apart
Exposure:   Full Sun
Watering:   Waterwise   low
Soil Types:   Neutral   Moist, well-drained   Adapted to most soil types
General Plant Care:    Care for your shrubs includes monitoring for pests and diseases, periodically checking soil moisture, and providing fertilizer as needed. In general, plants that have sufficient water and the correct amount of fertilizer tend to not have as many pest and disease problems. Water new plants weekly during the growing season in the first year, and as needed after that.
General Planting Tips:    Choose a site suited to your plant's light, soil, and space needs. Dig a hole twice as wide but no deeper than the container. Remove plant from container and loosen roots slightly. Place the plant in the hole. If using slow-release (coated) fertilizer, you may add it according to package directions at this time. Add soil back to the hole, ensuring the top of the soil from the container is even with the surrounding soil. Water well, and add more soil if needed. Add 2-3 inches of mulch around plant, taking care to keep away from stem or trunk. See our FAQ page for more details on Mulching.
General Fertilizing Tips:    Fertilize in spring when new growth appears, and once more before flowering with a general purpose or slow-release fertilizer.
General Pruning suggestions:    Most grasses add texture and interest to the fall and winter garden. Allow them to stay in place until late winter or early spring. Cut or mow back before new growth appears. If grass blades are sharp or difficult to handle, try wrapping the clump with cord, burlap, or newspaper before cutting back. Depending on the size of the clump, a chain saw may come in handy.
Bloom Tips:    Remove flower stalks after blooms have faded
USDA Hardiness Zones: 6a to 9b

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