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Weeping Sage

Buddleja auriculata

Also known as

Treursalie (Afr.), Utile

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








2 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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Weeping Sage Overview

Buddleia or Buddleja auriculata is also known by the name Weeping Sage. This plant is either a small tree or a dense shrub often planted for the lovely orange fragrance from the flowers. Weeping Sage can be used as an informal hedge or windbreaker and grow fast to make an effective border. This Budlleie is a wise addition to any medium to large garden, especially if you want to attract butterflies! It grows naturally from Zimbabwe to South Africa, typically reaching a height and spread of around 3m. Buddleia is particularly attractive to butterflies and other pollinating insects. It can be hard to control, but they are very rewarding filling the air with lovely smells and buzzing wildlife. Buddleia auriculata produces small creamy-white, tubular flowers with orange centres. Buddleia flowers appear on new wood, this plant grows best with a hard prune in the spring. Grows well in full sun or partial shade and dry sites. Buddleia auriculata is half hardy and will just cope with mild frost. Buddleia are widely cultivated for their attractive and scented flowers, this Butterfly Bushes typically flowers in the summer. There are a huge range of cultivars that have been developed for garden use, there's a colour and scent for every garden! ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga.

Common problems with Weeping Sage

Pests include caterpillars, earwigs, eelworms, figwort weevils and mullein moths.

How to harvest Weeping Sage

The best time to harvest the flowers is during the spring time. It is best to do after sunset, as the scent is even stronger at this time.

How to propagate Weeping Sage


Simply root the semi-ripe hardwood cuttings during growing season in summer.


Sow seed in Autumn in sand and keep moist.

Special features of Weeping Sage

Attracts birds

Attracts especially Southern Boubou's and Cape Robins. The thick foliage also provides safe shelter for other birds and their nests.

Attracts useful insects

Nectar-loving insects like butterflies are attracted to the flowers.

Drought resistant

Moderate tolerance for dry conditions in hot weather.

Hedge plant

Should be planted relatively close together so that the branches can intertwine and create a hedge. Prune into shape easily if done regular.

Attracts butterflies

Attractive flowers

Wind break

Other uses of Weeping Sage

Garden plants

Buddlejas attract birds and insects to your garden, they can make effective hedges and are water-wise plants.

Shrubs | Waterwise Plants

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