Replacing a butterfly bush

Asked April 13, 2018, 3:34 PM EDT

I have a butterfly bush that I had to dig up and I would like to replace it with a native plant. I learned recently that the butterfly bush is not native. However I would like something that is a shrub, attracts butterflies and blooms all summer and is native to Md. Is there any such plant?

Baltimore County Maryland natives clethra butterfly bush replacement native replacement for butterfly bush summersweet shrub

1 Response

Great question and a great replacement: summersweet (Clethra). This native shrub has white spires of flowers in summer which butterfies love. Also, does not need yearly pruning like a butterfly bush does. Win-win! Great yellow fall foliage color, too.