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Commonly known as Buddleia, Butterfly bush
PurpleShades of purple/mauve/lilac/violetLilac-mauve
Medium shrubTypically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
Tender - cool or frost free greenhouseTolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen. Except in frost-free inner-city areas or coastal extremities requires glasshouse conditions. Plant can withstand temperatures down to 1°C (34°F)Use loam-based compost (JI No. 3) in full light
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Additional FeaturesGood to knowA form af B. nivea. An Ernest Wilson introduction, 1908. Shy to flowerPests & DiseasesCapsid bugs, caterpillars, figwort weevil, mullein moth, red spider mitePlace of originChina (western Sichuan)
Flower ShapePaniclesVery narrow panicles to 15cm (6in) long
Garden Location/ConditionsBorderSuits a mixed or shrub border
HardinessHalf hardy (down to 0)
(see photos above)
(see photos above)
Pruning groupPruning group 4Suitable for: Deciduous trees and shrubs that flower on current year's growth or are grown for winter stem effect.
Pruning: Hard prune to a low permanent framework.
When: Annually in early Spring.
RHS group 5, 6 & 7
Soil ConditionsFertile well drained soil
WildlifeBee friendlyButterfly friendlyRabbit Resistant