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Alternate-Leaved Butterfly Bush

Buddleja alternifolia

Also known as

Fountain Butterflybush

Buddleja alternifolia 2 by Cillas (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

7a

USDA zone

-18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

4m

Max

4m

2.5m

Min

2.5m

10 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

More images of Alternate-Leaved Butterfly Bush

A close up of some purple Buddleja alternifolia flowers in a garden
A close up of some purple Buddleja alternifolia flowers and green foliage
A photo of Alternate-Leaved Butterfly Bush
A photo of Alternate-Leaved Butterfly Bush
A photo of Alternate-Leaved Butterfly Bush

Alternate-Leaved Butterfly Bush Overview

Buddleja alternifolia is a large and vigorous, deciduous, shrub also known by the name Alternate-Leaved Butterfly Bush. This stunning plant can be trained into a tree shape, its narrow, dark green-grey leaves carried on arching branches. It is often grown as a standard or specimen plant. Its showy, lilac-purple, 4-petalled flowers are produced in dense clusters on long panicles, on the previous year's growth - in late spring and early summer - and they are strongly and sweetly scented - perfect for attracting pollinating wildlife! Buddleja alternifolia is hardy and tolerant of most garden conditions, preferring a sunny position and moist, well-drained soil. It has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

Common problems with Alternate-Leaved Butterfly Bush

How to propagate Alternate-Leaved Butterfly Bush

Cuttings

Semi-hardwood cuttings during the summer or hardwood cuttings in Autumn/Winter.

Special features of Alternate-Leaved Butterfly Bush

Attractive flowers

Attracts useful insects

Attracts butterflies

Attracts bees