Utah Butterflybush

Utah Butterflybush Plant Information

Utah Butterflybush grows in the following 4 states:

Arizona, Utah, California, Nevada

Buddleja utahensis is a species of Buddleja endemic to the southwestern United States (northwest Arizona, eastern California, southern Nevada, and southwestern Utah), where it is known by the common names Utah butterfly bush and Panamint butterfly bush. Named and described by Coville in 1892, the shrub favours limestone outcrops at elevations of 700-2000m, where it is often found in association with Joshua trees.

B. utahensis is a compact, dwarf dioecious shrub reaching 0.3-1.0m in height. The bark is rimose and greyish, while the plant structure is characterized by persistent naked twigs. The younger branches are terete, bearing subsessile linear to oblong leaves 1.5-3.5cm long by 0.3-0.5cm wide, rounded at the apex and attenuate at the base. Both surfaces of the leaves are densely short tomentose, bestowing a silver-grey appearance. The inflorescences are 4-12cm long, with 3-7 pairs of heads forming verticels, subtended by leafy bracts. The verticels are 0.5-1.13cm in diameter, each comprising 15-30 pale yellow flowers, the corollas 4-5mm long. Capsules are up to 2.5 mm long, with numerous globose seeds up to 0.4 mm in diam.
B. utahensis is very rare in cultivation; it is a difficult plant to raise in temperate regions, demanding very free draining soil and infrequent watering. Hardiness: USDA zone 8.

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