How Beneficial Is It To Plant A Butterfly Bush?

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Photo Journalism by Patricia Feager 7/7/24

Are you thinking about moving to Flower Mound, Texas or interested in growing a Butterfly Bush? During the spring of 2024, I planted my first Butterfly Bush. Other than knowing the color of the flowers that could be expected, I did not know what to expect. From a tiny little plant, it began to grow and in a very short amount of time, this Butterfly Bush started producing many flowers. Yesterday, was the first time I spotted what could be a butterfly or perhaps a moth? I scoured through images but couldn't find anything like it for identification purposes. 

Clearly, you can see the antennae and wings. Near the end of the wings, located by the  two marked black and burnt orange dots, the end splits like scissor wings. Perhaps it is a young butterfly? What are your thoughts? Butterflies and Butterfly Bushes can be very educational.

In case you're interested, I found a link that you may also find of interest. It is called "The Five Reasons You Should Grow A Butterfly Bush."

  • They attract butterflies.
  • They are super easy and require minimal care.
  • They come in a variety of colors.
  • The more sun, the more they bloom.
  • They make great cut flower arrangements.

Or to study the anatomy of a butterfly, here is another educational link.



Butterflies come and go. You never know when or why they will land but when they do it's pretty amazing. Some people give up too quickly on planting flowers or bushes. However, if a Butterfly Bush can do so much good for the environment with little care and maintenance, why not plant one, or two, or more bushes? Next spring, I will plant a second one of a different variety to see what butterflies they can attract. And if I can attract you to moving to Flower Mound, when you think of Flower Mound, think of me.


P.S. This blog post is not to be plagiarized or for Artificial Intelligence (AI). Links are provided for educational and informational purposes.  


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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I wonder if this plant would survive here! Zone 10B
It says zones 5 - 10, hmm! I'd love to have one!

Jul 07, 2024 06:39 AM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP

Candice A. Donofrio - I would check with your local nursery. They grow and order plants that grow best for the zones they are selling in. In the past, I ordered roses from a magazine and it was a hit or miss. For me, I trust my local nurseries. I wish you good luck! 

Jul 07, 2024 06:50 AM
Michael Elliott
Fathom Realty - Burlington Township, NJ
Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales

I am staying put in New Jersey, but I'd love a butterfly bush.   Your pics are awesome !

Jul 07, 2024 06:46 AM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP

Michael Elliott -- Oh definitely, give it a try! Also don't forget, in Texas spring comes earlier than in New England. Please, let me know if you have any luck. Isn't New Jersey the Garden State?

Jul 07, 2024 06:51 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Patricia - I am neither an expert in things that grow in or visit the garden.  Thankfully, I benefit from what I see happening around it.  What shows up can be quite beautiful and intriguing to observe.  In that way, I guess I remain blissfully unaware.  

Jul 07, 2024 07:01 AM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP

Michael Jacobs - Good observations are always interesting. A lot of education is free! 

Jul 07, 2024 07:21 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Patricia,

Your photos are so awesome and you state a very case on why we should all have a butterfly bush! You are right butterflies come and go and you never know where they land. I always enjoy seeing them, they are so colorful and so quick!!!

Jul 07, 2024 07:41 AM
Liz and Bill Spear
Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
Transaction Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

It looks to be a gray hairstreak:

I'll try butterfly bushes again at our next place.  Unfortunately I've not had much luck with them here between the deer, soil quality and competition from honeysuckle shrubs stealing their sun.

Jul 07, 2024 07:58 AM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP

Liz and Bill Spear - Thank. you for identifying it as a "Gray Hairstreak." What a crazy name for this butterfly! The information you pulled up was very interesting, especially with the dates of when they were observed and photographed elsewhere! I wish you good luck in your next location. Here is some more I learned from the link you provided and searching further:

The Gray Hairstreak butterfly, a small yet fascinating member of the hairstreak group, is widespread across North America and extends its range into Central and northern South America. Renowned for their close associations with ants and a diverse range of host plants, these butterflies exhibit unique survival strategies that make them a subject of interest for both enthusiasts and researchers alike.

Thanks, Bill!!!

Jul 07, 2024 08:09 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

We are seeing lots of butterflies around our plantings Patricia. They are so delightful to see them at play and work!

Jul 07, 2024 08:08 AM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 - Butterflies are so beautiful! Truly a wonderful addition to creation! May your plantings never get enough. 

Jul 07, 2024 09:47 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

I love butterfly bushes but haven't had much luck with them, primarily because my yard is so tiny! I have a spot in the back yard that might be successful for planting. It gets morning sun. Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing your ideas. 

Jul 07, 2024 08:52 AM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP

Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty - Oh, I do hope you have success in planting a butterfly bush! If it isn't meant to be, may there be an abundance of butterfiles around you all the years of your life. 

Jul 07, 2024 09:48 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

I would love this in my backyard, but the summer heat, is it too much? Thanks for sharing it.

Have a super fantastic week!

Bill Salvatore w/ Arizona Elite Properties

Jul 07, 2024 09:12 AM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP

Bill Salvatore - East Valley - your relatives in Coppell would be very successful! I hope when you come for a visit, you'll see plenty!

Have a wonderful week!

Jul 07, 2024 09:49 AM
Sham Reddy CRS
Howard Hanna RE Services, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Thanks for sharing Patricia!!! Butterflies flying around your flower is always a beautiful sight!!!

Clearly, you can see the antennae and wings. Near the end of the wings, located by the  two marked black and burnt orange dots, the end splits like scissor wings. 

Jul 07, 2024 09:22 AM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP

Thank you, Sham Reddy CRS! Butterflies are so delightful here on earth! 

Jul 07, 2024 09:50 AM
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

They are also very drought resistant as ours are doing well with very little water (only the overflow from the vegetable waterings)

Jul 07, 2024 12:04 PM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP

Don Baker - Drought resistant, environmetally friendly, with butterflies, humming birds, and bumble bees too - who coud ask for anything more valuable in their own front or backyards!!!

Jul 07, 2024 02:29 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Patricia I never heard of a butterfly bush before.  If I can find one, I will plant it in the front of my house.

Jul 07, 2024 12:25 PM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP

George Souto - Let me know if you can get one for your front yard! I sure hope so!!!

Jul 07, 2024 02:30 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

How pretty is this, Patricia? I might need to speak to my landscaper about planting one this fall. (Too hot now.)

Jul 07, 2024 01:39 PM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP

Nina Hollander, Broker - I'm willing to bet you can grow them in your climate without any problems. Be sure to speak to your landscaper!

Jul 07, 2024 02:30 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

We have many different plants supporting bird etc. will have to check with Diane since she coordinates this with the Garden Shop and our Gardener, Endre

Jul 07, 2024 02:35 PM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP

Endre Barath, Jr. - I like the balanced life you live with Diane. She's a smart lady! You are too!

Jul 08, 2024 01:38 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Patricia- my cousin's husband has had great success with milkweed. We're determined to try some next year. Jeff Dowler, CRS has been enjoying the butterflies in his backyard. 

Jul 07, 2024 06:15 PM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP

Hi Kathy Streib - I wish your cousin continued success with his milkweed and Jeff Dowler, CRS too! After reading Jeff's interesting and fun blog post about the caterpillars and his milkweed plants, I went out to the Plant Store that sells all kinds of unusual plants and purchased a milkweed and a Fennel plant. In the beginning, I didn't think they would survive, but so far, they are! It has been a wonderful surprise to see them take off. A few days ago, I checked on both (they are planted in the corner of my yard where it gets a lot of sun, but not much else grows successfully). Then, I noticed this strange round hairy thing on top of one of the branches or leaves and didn't know what to make out of it. Well, today I found it what I bought was a balloon milkweed and butterflies love it!!! Here's a picture to show you what I'm talking about. I guess I better start paying attention more closely to the corner of my yard! Now I know (by looking it up), "butterflies love the nectar-rich blooms. In fact, the plant is definitely one of the best plants for attracting butterflies." I'm so glad I read Jeff's post when he started posting about it early on. I'll have to check his blog for updates. Also, what I got confused about is when I did volunteer work at the Forest Preserves in Illinois, it was loaded with Milkweed plants but those did not look anything like what's growing in my yard right now! I must keep an eye out there to watch for Monarch Butterflies!!!

Jul 08, 2024 07:05 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Kathy Streib and Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP 

We have been enjoying watching the caterpillars and the occasional Monarch butterflies in our back yard. I wish there were more! Not all the caterpillars survive.


Jul 08, 2024 10:25 AM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP

Jeff Dowler, CRS - you were the one who inspired me to hunt for the butterfly weed. My summer garden is more fun and interesting, thanks to you!

Kathy Streib

Good luck with your garden planning for next year. I would be interested to learn about your experiences in Houston versus mine in North Texas. One of my favorite posts you wrote was about discovering the bluebird eggs! Mother Nature is a GREAT educator!

Jul 08, 2024 01:42 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Good morning again! So we have noxious weeds here that we are supposed to get rid of. For example, daisies and some kind of thistles that get huge flowers late in the summer. Oh my gosh, there are butterflies all over those plants (ps, we are getting rid of the weeds near the road, but not behind our house... shhh don't tell anyone.. haha)

Jul 08, 2024 05:15 AM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP

Kat Palmiotti - When I lived in Northern Illinois before moving to TX, I was a volunteer for the Forest Preserves. Our job was to get rid of invasive species of weeds and trees, like buckthorn. The reason was because they were identified as invasive, disease prone, and not good for healthy plants. But the fact that you're attracting butterflies on huge flowers that bloom in late summer, tells me explore and research further. I had (still have) an excellent book called Medicinal and Other Uses of North American Plants (researched for Northern IL) that was very helpful. I also took many classes from the community college in Illinois on the Native Indian Tribes that were from the area where I lived. WOW! I learned a lot! Since you're in Flatland, perhaps there's more to research on those plants attracting butterflies. I would be thrilled to have swarms of butterflies under your forest trees, and I'll bet there is a lot to discover since you were (to my recollection) the first to build on your land. 

Shhh... your secret is safe with me! One of the most exciting things I learned when I was volunteering and studying Medicinal Plants in the Forest behind my house where I lived (butting up to the Forest Preserves) was the discovery of the Kentucky Coffee Tree which was on the border of my property down by the ravine and stream and the neighbor's next door to me. I learned that was the main area where the Potawatomi Indians lived and the Medicine Doctor too. The soil back there was rich with tiny strawberries, wild garlic, leek, and so many other edible plants. That's what I miss the most since moving to TX.

Good luck! Let me know what you find out! Also, I think I remember there was some Medicinal farm in Whitefish because that was the reason why I was interested in buying property there previously.

Jul 08, 2024 07:36 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP - I am learning about the uses of various plants little by little. We have two edible mushrooms that I've found so far, and the "cowboy toilet paper" plant is good for coagulating blood/as a bandage, and the pineapple weeds make great chamomile tea!

Jul 08, 2024 08:48 AM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP

Kat Palmiotti - although I do not eat mushrooms, one of the most interesting places my son took me to during my last visit was a Mushroom Farm. I was amazed at how important mushrooms are to the ecosystem, how many recipes there are using mushrooms, the do's and dont's about picking mushrooms, and of course the knowledge you can learn from studying and learning about mushrooms!  

"Cowboy toilet paper?" That's a new one for me! I can see how a mullein plant could be very useful! Pineapple weeds? That sounds interesting too, especially because my favorite tea is chamomile tea! 

I'm sure there are many forests and remote locations that could be an environmentally friendly drugstore. People have been camping and living outdoors forever!

I really love where you live! You're very lucky.

Jul 08, 2024 01:36 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Patricia:

Good for you for planting the butterfly bush to enjoy while also attracting butterflies. Bees like them as well we've found - we have several small ones planted

I really enjoyed your post and photos with so much good information. Perhaps you, too, will have some Monarch visitors in addition to the Gray Hairstreak - such a funny name.


Jul 08, 2024 10:41 AM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP

Jeff Dowler, CRS - People on ActiveRain are so helpful! I am also so thankful for Liz and Bill Spear because Bill is a natural when it comes to the outdoor beekeeping business. Thanks to Bill, I learned the name of the species that visited my Butterfly bush. When I first read Bill's comment, it looks like a Gray Hairstreak, I went back to my photograph and kept looking for a piece of my own hair! When I finally figured it out, I thought - Oh! isn't that cool!!!  I also think it's a funny name for a butterfly! 

Thanks again, Jeff for introducing me to the milkweed. I am so glad I didn't give up and think it was a dying plant. When there is patience, it gives it time to grow. It's now taller than me! Yippee! I haven't seen any caterpillars yet, but I'll keep looking! I find it fascinating that my backyard could be an outdoor laboratory with experimentations and all! 

Jul 08, 2024 01:52 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP , I wish I had that knowledge off the top of my head, but a photo image Google search brought me right to the answer of what type of butterfly you captured.  If you've not used it, in Chrome just hover mouse over photo, right click to get options, then search image with Google.  Right sidebar populates with possible matches.

Jul 08, 2024 04:41 PM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP

Liz and Bill Spear - That is a GREAT tip! I just went back to my photo of the Balloon Milkweed and your instructions worked!

Thank you, so much!!!!

Jul 08, 2024 06:29 PM