This is a pot of butterfly plants. Now all in all that's nice but interesting? Come along with me and you'll find out just how interesting this little plant can be.
I bought one butterfly plant about 8 years ago. I loved it! It grew to a height of 18 to 20 inches and bloomed pinkish-purplish flowers all Summer and until the first frost. Well, the next year I waited to see if it would come back after Winter and it did...bigger and fuller than the first year!
So I did some research...butterfly plant is easily propagated! I make 10 inch cuttings of the soft woody stems in early Fall while the daytime temperatures are in the mid to high 60's and the nighttime temps are no lower than 40. I dip the cuttings in water, then rooting hormone and stick 'em about 4 inches deep into a pot of soil or directly into a waiting flower bed. I fill up the pot of soil or area in the garden with the stems. In a day or two you'll think they have died because all the leaves have fallen off...but be patient...let these cuttings over-Winter....they will be concentrating on their root system. You can leave the pots outside. They will look like stems sticking out of the soil.
When Springtime comes you'll see exactly what is in the first photo! These have been growing for about 7 days.
Now, I've got Butterfly plants all around my flower gardens and all Summer long we have butterflies and beautiful blooms!
The photos below are actually the MaMa's of the cuttings in the first photo! So don't be afraid...try it yourself...it's easy, fun and over the years you have so many more beautiful plants! Sometimes I gift them to friends and family but I always teach them how to propagate them!
My Butterfly plants love the sun, moderate water and dead heading the blooms allows the plant to thicken up nicely. I have some planted in morning sunny areas with complete afternoon shade and they do equally as well.
I hope you enjoyed this post, if you have any questions please let me know.