perennial

Common Butterbur

Petasites hybridus

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Common Butterbur (Petasites hybridus) at Shelmerdine Garden Center

Common Butterbur

Common Butterbur

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Common Butterbur (Petasites hybridus) at Shelmerdine Garden Center

Common Butterbur foliage

Common Butterbur foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  3 feet

Spacing:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Other Names:  Fuki, Bog Rhubarb

Ornamental Features

Common Butterbur's attractive enormous round leaves remain green in colour 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.

At Shelmerdine, we treat this plant as a "HOBBY PLANT" meaning that it is not recognized as winter-hardy in our Zone 3 climate. However, there is a possibility that it could survive winter. Regardless of whether it survives a winter or not, this plant is only warrantied until Nov. 1 of its season of purchase.

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

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Shelmerdine Garden Centre Ltd.

7800 Roblin Boulevard
Headingley, MB R4H 1B6

Phone: 204.895.7203
Fax: 204.895.4372
Email: info@shelmerdine.com