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How invasive are butterfly bushes in small areas?

04/21/2014 11:35 AM

04/21/2014 11:35 AM

I would like to plant a butterfly bush in my small enclosed patio garden but I have been reading that they are extremely invasive. Is this true and if so is there another shrub that would do as well? - Sheila

Answer:

Butterfly bush is considered an invasive plant in many parts of the country but not in the Kansas City area. Rarely if ever does it reseed in our climate. I would continue to plant this great summer flowering shrub. Another thought –– many of the newer varieties on the market are now sterile which means they should not produce seeds. Dennis – Johnson County Extension

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