10 years to reach maturity
This plant has a mild fragrance
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Himalayan Butterfly Bush Overview
Buddleja crispa or Buddleia crispa is more commonly called Himalayan Butterfly Bush or just Butterfly Bush as it is particularly attractive to butterflies and other pollinating insects. It is a deciduous, erect, bushy shrub with arching branches that produce long racemes of pale purple-pink, tubular flowers with a white eye, in mid to late summer. It has soft, velvety, white-grey-green foliage - especially the young shoots. Buddleja crispa grows best in a sheltered position, in full sun and in well-drained soil. It is hardy down to -5C to -10C so will cope with some frost. Its flowers appear on new wood, therefore it can be given a hard prune in spring. Buddleja crispa's sweet fragrance and wildlife friendly flowers make it a popular garden plant that is suitable for wall-side borders, urban and courtyard gardens, as well as Mediterranean planting schemes. What's not to like?!
Common problems with Himalayan Butterfly Bush
Generally pest and disease free.
How to propagate Himalayan Butterfly Bush
Take semi-ripe cuttings in the summer
Special features of Himalayan Butterfly Bush
Attracts useful insects
Other uses of Himalayan Butterfly Bush
Clusters of small, often fragrant flowers which are attractive to butterflies. Suitable for coastal conditions.