butterfly bush


Examples of butterfly bush in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Butterfly Bush: Just like blue mist spirea, Buddleia davidii (butterfly bush) can be cut every couple of years each spring or every year. Betty Cahill, The Denver Post, 7 Apr. 2024 Examples of new wood-blooming shrubs are butterfly bush (Buddleia species and hybrids) and beauty berry (Callicarpa species). Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 15 Mar. 2024 Species that bloom on new growth (flowers produced from new growth during the growing season) such as roses, crepe myrtle (Lagerstroemia species) and butterfly bush (Buddleia species) are all but impossible to force into bloom as dormant, cut stems. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 9 Feb. 2024 One of the biggest surprises for me was Sunset Plant Collection pushing new versions of buddleia (a.k.a. butterfly bush — historically an overbearing rangy shrub with lilac-like flowers) and agapanthus (sometimes known as lily-of-the-nile), the omnipresent filler plant of my youth. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 1 Dec. 2023 Use it to help reduce dark spots, even out skin tone, and nourish, thanks to the blend of prebiotics, probiotics, licorice, chia seeds, and butterfly bush. Wendy Vazquez, Southern Living, 27 Nov. 2023 The 264-page guide offers details on how to manage inevitable fire by designing gardens and wildlife habitats as a defensive space with the careful placement of native plants. instead of invasive butterfly bush, the authors recommend planting mock orange, red-flowering currant or blue elderberry. Jeastman, oregonlive, 11 Sep. 2023 Shrubs such as spiraea, weigela and butterfly bush bloom for long periods while adding color to the garden with their foliage. Karen Hugg, Washington Post, 8 June 2023 Your first option is to keep your pruners close by when your butterfly bush starts blooming. Derek Carwood, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 Oct. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of butterfly bush was in 1895

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“Butterfly bush.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/butterfly%20bush. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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