Weeping Sage Overview
Buddleja (or Buddleia) auriculata is also known by the name Weeping Sage. Treated as a small tree or a dense shrub it is often planted for the lovely orange fragrance of its flowers. An evergreen shrub growing up to 3m, it has lance-shaped, glossy, dark green leaves that are white beneath; its small orange-centred, tubular, cream-white flowers appear on dense panicles in autumn and winter. These are particularly attractive to butterflies and other pollinating insects. Native to South Africa, Weeping Sage is often used as an informal hedge or windbreak - not least because it grows fast. Buddleia auriculata grows well in full sun or partial shade and is tolerant of dry sites. It is only half-hardy, so it likes a sheltered spot and it will only cope with mild frost. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga.