Butterfly on a Purple Buddleia Flower

If you like butterflies flitting about your yard, you should have a few Butterfly Bushes or Buddleia.

These lovely shrubs bloom from mid-summer through August and attract many varieties of butterflies as well as hummingbirds. The flowers come in various shades of purple, pink or white and they grow to about 7 feet high. Here I've painted a butterfly visiting a deep purple buddleia in my garden. I like the cast shadows on the leaves giving the impression of soft, early morning sunlight.

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