Royal Red Butterfly Bush

One of the most commonly requested butterfly bushes is the royal red. The royal red butterfly bush, instead of red as one would expect, has brilliant violet flowers that bloom from mid-summer.

The royal red butterfly bush is hardy in zones five through nine, and is widely adaptable as far as soil goes.

The royal red butterfly bush prefers full sun to grow, and must receive eight or more hours of direct sunlight per day in order to thrive. Once established, a royal red butterfly bush will live off water that is applied as infrequently as once a month.

In colder regions, the tops of a royal red butterfly bush will die, and should be cut back to the ground.

The following year, a royal red butterfly bush will sprout up and be even larger and more beautiful.

Royal red butterfly bushes can reach a height of up to seven feet.

The blooms of a royal red butterfly bush are very fragrant, and attractive to butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.

This vigorous, dense shrub will add structure and grace to a perennial border. The gray-green foliage of the royal red butterfly bush contrasts perfectly with the bright blooms.

A royal red butterfly bush should be pruned hard in the spring before new growth appears. Flowers that have finished their blooming process should be removed to promote new blooms.

Royal Red Butterfly Bush
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The royal red butterfly bush is considered drought tolerant once established, and makes the perfect addition to any perennial garden.

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