diervilla sessilifolia ButterflyThis low growing deciduous shrub is native to southeastern United States where it grows in woodlands, bluffs, roadways and stream banks. The glossy dark green leaves often have red veins, and are carried on red stems. From early summer to fall clusters of small flowers that attract hummingbirds, butterflies and bees are produced at the top of new growth. The sulfur-yellow flowers are tubular and attract hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies. Southern bush honeysuckle is a very tough plant and withstands wind, cold, and dry, poor soil. It has a suckering habit and is very useful for difficult sites such as steep banks where it will form colonies that curb erosion. Although it flowers best in full sun the plant tolerates some shade.

Type: Deciduous shrub

Outstanding Feature: Toughness; erosion control

Form: Broad mound

Growth Rate: Moderate to fast

Bloom: Terminal clusters of sulfur-yellow, tubular flowers in summer

Size: 3-5’ H x 3-5’ W

Light: Full sun but tolerates less

Soil: Average, dry, well-drained, but tolerates less

Hardiness: Zones 5-8

Care: Remove old and dead wood in late winter to early spring.

Pests and Diseases: None of significance

Propagation: Seed; softwood and semi-hardwood cuttings

By Karen