Butterfly Bushes

Is My Butterfly Bush Dead?

Anonymous added on June 3, 2016 | Answered

My butterfly bush which has been growing well for over ten years is not showing any new growth this spring. I cut it back every fall, but this year, no new shoots have developed. I know they are late to break dormancy, but should something have happened by now?

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Answered on June 4, 2016

This late in the season, the plant is likely dead. But, to be sure, you can dig up a little of the rootball and check the roots. Living roots will be pliable and firm while dead roots will be brittle or mushy.

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