Why You Should Never Plant a Butterfly Bush Again
From House Beautiful magazine
June 20, 2018
They’re gorgeous, but they actually do more harm than good.
If someone took 75% of your food away, you wouldn’t be a happy camper. But when you grow invasive butterfly bushes and other plants that provide only nectar, that’s what you’re doing to birds and butterflies in your own backyard.
A leading wildlife ecologist wants you to think about your property — no matter how big or small — as an important link in your local ecosystem. Each plant you include in your garden affect the local food web, even the beautiful, seemingly harmless butterfly bush.
Doug Tallamy, PhD, professor and chair of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware, revealed three hard truths about butterfly bush — and why you should stop planting them at home.