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Buddleja – visitor voting and butterfly count

Posted by Graham Rice on 10 Dec 2009 at 04:39 PM

Buddleja 'Miss Ruby' - the most popular buddleia with visitors. Image: ©ProvenWinners.comThe figures have just become available for both the visitor voting and the butterfly count for the big buddleja trial at Wisley. Visitors were again asked to nominate their favourites and a count was also made of the number and type of butterflies visiting each variety.

The visitor voting results were both very similar and very different to last year. In 2008 the top two varieties were ‘Miss Ruby', way out ahead, followed by Lo and Behold 'Blue Chip'. I wrote the results up on my Transatlantic Plantsman blog.

This year top of the poll is again the vivid and prolific ‘Miss Ruby' but ‘Blue Chip' was way way down with less than 1% of the vote. ‘Blue Chip' was indeed good in its first year but in its second, when I saw it in mid July, it was very disappointing without a single flower open while many others looked spectacular.

So ‘Miss Ruby' was again way out ahead with twice as many votes as the next placed ‘Raspberry Wine' and ‘Purple Prince' followed by ‘Burgundy' and ‘Santana'.

Buddleja 'Orchid Beauty' - the most popular buddleia with butterflies. Image: ©GardenPhotos.com

The count of butterflies, taken six times in July and August, revealed that the most popular varieties with butterflies were ‘Orchid Beauty' closely followed by ‘Foxtail' and ‘Dart's Ornamental White' and ‘Pixie Blue'. On one visit, in late July, the three plants of ‘Orchid Beauty' were host to eight Painted Ladies, three Peacocks, and two Large Whites amongst others - and remember that the whole trial was covered in butterflies at the time.

So if you're looking for new buddlejas for the garden the guidance from the visitor voting and the butterfly count is start with ‘Miss Ruby' and ‘Orchid Beauty'.

 

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on 10 Dec 2009 at 04:55 PM

Foxnfirefly said:

That's interesting about the butterflies--I have a davidii "White Profusion" which gets a lot of butterfly visitors.  They come in flocks.  I like the violet blue colour of those you named.  But their flowers are often sporadic or not so continously showy all season.  

on 13 Dec 2009 at 03:52 AM

Graham Rice said:

It's interesting because I'd presume that the more open flowers on a plant, the more butterflies it would be likely to attract.... as well as things like nectar supply in individual flowers playing a part.

on 18 Dec 2009 at 12:12 PM