Definition of butterfly bush in US English:

butterfly bush


  • A Chinese buddleia that is cultivated in the West for its large spikes of fragrant purplish-lilac or white flowers, which are highly attractive to butterflies.

    Buddleia davidii, family Loganiaceae

    • ‘You may want to include the aptly-named butterfly bush.’
    • ‘The common butterfly bush is a summer treat.’
    • ‘I like a lot of white, and I have a couple of small white oleanders and a white butterfly bush.’
    • ‘Both butterflies and gardeners love the butterfly bush.’
    • ‘One example is buddleia, or butterfly bush, a shrubby perennial that benefits from hard pruning.’