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Commonly known as Buddliea, Butterfly bush
The Buddleja, Buddleia or Buddlea, named after English rector Rev. Adam Buddle is pronounced without the "j".
Genus of about 100 species of evergreen, semi-evergreen and deciduous shrubs, sometimes trees and climbers and a few herbaceous perennials.
They originate from riversides, rocky areas and scrub in Asia, Africa and North and South America.
Staples of the modern butterfly garden they are also attractive to moths and bees. Breeding is resulting in more compact cultivars of davidii with sterile seed, an important attribute because of its invasiveness.
Deciduousmid-green leaves to 25cm (10in) long, reddish-hairy underneath
CreamWith orange-yellow throat
Hardy - average winterHardy through most of the UK apart from inland valleys, at altitude and central/northerly locations. May suffer foliage damage and stem dieback in harsh winters in cold gardens. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -10°C (14°F)Borderline
Against a wall
Full sunShelter from cold, dry winds
Additional FeaturesGood to knowWildlife plant - bees, butterflies and other insects. Named for George Forrest who introduced it to western cultivation, 1904Pests & DiseasesCapsid bugs, caterpillars, figwort weevil, mullein moth, red spider mitesPlace of originIndia to western China
Flower ShapePaniclesTerminal panicles to 25cm (10in) long
Garden Location/ConditionsBorderSuits a mixed or shrub border
(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.
Soil ConditionsFertile well drained soil
WildlifeBee friendlyButterfly friendlyRabbit Resistant
Buy Varieties of BUDDLEJA
mauvish-purple flowers along stems
heavily scented creamy-white flowers
our choice as the most attractive and unusual variety of buddleja. Large panicles of dark red flowers at the ends of each stem in early summer
white felted leaves and fragrant lilac flowers with an orange throat
compact growing form with unique blue-mauve flowers
nearest to true blue of any variety
variegated form of Royal Red
dwarfish habit, flowers pale mauve-blue
dwarfish habit, flowers violet-purple with orange centres
huge pure pink
lance-shaped yellow variegated leaves and claret-red flowers
large pure white
fragrant, pendent, lilac-purple flowers on arching stems. Compact and floriferous