- Size : 3'
A compact garden plant with showy cobalt-blue flowers in summer when little else blooms; attracts butterflies; may treat as a perennial and cut it back to the ground each spring as it regrows vigorously and blooms on new wood True Blue Butterfly Bush features showy panicles of fragrant blue flowers with violet overtones and orange eyes at the ends of the branches from mid summer to mid fall, which emerge from distinctive purple flower buds. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has grayish green foliage throughout the season. The narrow leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. True Blue Butterfly Bush is an open multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. 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. This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.