Yes, Butterfly Bush (Buddleia spp) is an invasive plant. Oregon has even banned the sale of this plant. I’ve seen it in action myself as it is blocking out fragile dune vegetation on the beaches in Cape May, NJ. I’ve also seen it taking over an entire streambank for miles along a stream in the Poconos of Pennsylvania.
In order to prevent Butterfly Bush from escaping out of your garden and into the nearby natural areas, you really need to dead head every bloom, and never let it go to seed. This can be almost a full time job because as you’ve probably noticed, this plant has TONS of flowers…….
Where is Butterfly Bush invasive you ask? Check out this map. It’s considered invasive in each of the green shaded states. If you’re not in one of these states, I’d still exercise a huge amount of caution, because it may be only a matter of time.
The butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii) is a popular ornamental plant that’s often grown for its attractive, fragrant flowers and its ability to attract butterflies and other pollinators. However, despite its popularity and beauty, the butterfly bush can be highly invasive and dangerous to native ecosystems.
One of the main problems with the butterfly bush is its ability to spread quickly and outcompete native plants for resources. This can result in reduced biodiversity and altered ecosystem functions, which can have negative impacts on wildlife and other native species.
In addition to its invasiveness, the butterfly bush can also pose a danger to local ecosystems by acting as a host for pests and diseases that can then spread to native plants. This can lead to declines in the health and populations of native plant species, which can have ripple effects throughout the ecosystem.
Overall, while the butterfly bush may be attractive and popular for its ornamental value, it’s important to be aware of its invasiveness and danger to local ecosystems.
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I have noticed the ads from World Tree in Georgia neighbor magazine run be Georgia Farm Bureau
Is there a non invasive species as I have read
Another case of liberal stupidity.