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One of Nigel Colborn's favourite plants for chalky soil, 'Royal Red' is also an Award of Garden Merit (AGM) holder. As tough and easy to grow as any of the butterfly bushes, it bears large panicles of dark red-purple flowers, up to 40cm (16in) long, from summer to autumn. As its common name suggests, butterflies flock to it when it is in bloom.
Cultivar: Royal Red
Plant type: Deciduous shrub
Flower colour: Purple
Foliage colour: Dark green
Feature: Scented flowers, Attractive to wildlife
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Dry
Skill level: Beginner
Time to take cuttings: November to February
Flowering period: June to September
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