Vitex is a great alternative to buddleia where butterfly bushes do not thrive, as here.
This morning this Vitex was abuzz with bees and butterflies.
Besides the butterflies and the hummingbird hawk moth there
was a golden skipper, a big black/white striped bee
that buzzed my head and many tiny bees swarming.
This is one of four Vitex that I grew from cuttings from a Vitex
that Nurse Gwen bought at a local nursery. I moved this one
from a shadier location after it was a big tree, cutting it to the ground.
The Vitex in shadier places are in bud, but not yet blooming.
They really bloom best in full sun and can be cut back to the ground
every Spring for fuller but fewer blooms, which I do not care to do.
After I made these pics Thursday morning, I limbed up the Vitex
for the convenience of mowing. I didn't think to wait until after
mowing to make pictures after Bahia seed heads were clipped.
Flowers and text are from the garden of Nell Jean at http://www.seedscatterer.blogspot.com/ in the hot, humid depths of Southwest Georgia USA where Gardenias perfume the air and mophead hydrangeas are disgracefully lush.