Clethra alnifolia Hummingbird

Sweet Pepper Bush

This plant attracts the following butterflies:

Meadow Brown, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White

Images from 12 August 2003:

thumbnail link Red Admiral

thumbnail link Small White or Large White ?

thumbnail link Meadow Brown

thumbnail link Small Tortoiseshell


All 4 pictures above were taken at Stourhead Gardens in Wiltshire (National Trust). I found a Small Tortoiseshell on a small plant in the Plant Centre, so went looking for a plant in-situ in the gardens and was delighted to find several butterflies.

This is a very BIG bush so it's only for those with plenty of space and it also needs acid soil.

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Plant Type: hardy, deciduous shrub

Flowers in August

Height: 2.5m (8ft)
Spread: 2.5m (8ft)

Needs moist ACID soil and partial shade

This page last updated April 18, 2004