Buddleia

Buddleja spp.

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Buddleja (or Buddleia, as it is more commonly known) is a genus containing over 140 deciduous, evergreen and semi-evergreen shrubs and some trees endemic to Africa, Asia and the Americas. They have been widely cultivated for their attractive and scented flowers, coloured in shades of purple, pink and cream and are known as butterfly bushes. Most grow no taller than 5m, but are often considered invasive. Species such as B. davidii, B. alternifolia, and B. crispa are particularly attractive to butterflies and other pollinating insects. Frequently, they are found along rocky railways in the UK, having escaped from gardens and adapted well to this environment.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Spring, Summer

Propagation

Special features

Attractive flowers

Attracts butterflies

Special features

Origin

Asia, Africa, North and South America

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Compost, Chalk, Loam, Clay, Gravel, Sand

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Personality

Family

Buddlejaceae

Flower colour

Purple, Red, White, Orange, Pink, Yellow
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