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Commonly known as Buddleia, 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.
Evergreen - semi evergreen and deciduous shrubs and trees - a few herbaceous perennials
Additional Features - Good to know - named after Adam Buddle,17th century botanist and rector from Essex. Linnaeus listed it as Buddleja rather than Buddleia. Wildlife plant - butterflies, moths and many other insects.
Pests & Diseases - capsid bugs, caterpillars, figwort weevil, mullein moth, red spider mites.
Place of origin - Asia, Africa, North and South America
Scented Plants - Scented flowers
Soil Conditions - Fertile well drained soil
Wildlife - Bee friendly