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Common Butterbur*

Petasites hybridus

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Common Butterbur (Petasites hybridus) at Squak Mountain Nursery

Common Butterbur

Common Butterbur

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Common Butterbur (Petasites hybridus) at Squak Mountain Nursery

Common Butterbur foliage

Common Butterbur foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  3 feet

Spacing:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Other Names:  Fuki, Bog Rhubarb

Ornamental Features

Common Butterbur's attractive enormous round leaves remain green in color throughout the season. It features bold spikes of shell pink flowers rising above the foliage in early spring, which emerge from distinctive rose flower buds before the leaves. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The purple stems are very colorful and add to the overall interest of the plant.

Landscape Attributes

Common Butterbur is a dense herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its wonderfully bold, coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced garden composition.

This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Invasive

Common Butterbur is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Groundcover
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Bog Gardens

Planting & Growing

Common Butterbur will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 4 feet apart. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in moist to wet soil, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets. It can be propagated by division.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Groundcover  Naturalizing  Bog 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Bark 
Ornamental Features

Disclaimer - This Plant Finder tool is an online resource representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact the store directly for availability. It does not include our entire inventory of plants, so be sure to visit our store to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.