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01/04/2012 at 19:06

Hi - my sister and I spent a couple of hours yesterday cutting back a rather large Buddleia in our front garden and since then we have both had sore throats and feel like the start of a cough.  I've never heard of Buddleia being poisonous and wondered if anyone else had experienced similar symptoms?

01/04/2012 at 21:04

Pruned a lot over the years and never had a sore throat after doing it. Some plants can do funny things like that. I've done gardens at the Chelsea flower show before and the pollen from the plane trees there really irritate your throat and make you cough, it's even called the 'Chelsea cough'!

02/04/2012 at 08:32

Thanks for that.  I've searched on Google but nothing about Buddleia causing problems either so maybe it's just a coincidence that I've got a bad throat at the same time!

03/04/2012 at 07:17

Not with buddleia, but I've had it with crocosmia.  I cut a load back and chopped up the leaves to go in the compost.  When I got back inside I had difficulty in breathing for about an hour.  Just as I was thinking I ought to call an ambulance, it stopped as soon as it started.  So if you're susceptible to plant allergies you may want to be cautious around crocosmias too.

26/04/2012 at 17:59

Whenever I prune a Buddleia it always makes me sneeze, nose runs and end up coughing. Likewise my husband, so there's obviously something that is released when you cut it.

26/04/2012 at 21:09


I always where a mask when pruning Buddleia. If not, almost immediately I get a tickle in the throat which gradually gets worse. It's the only shrub/ plant in the garden which has this affect on me.

26/04/2012 at 21:19

Thanks guys for all your responses.  It's interesting to know that it's affected other people in a similar way to me.  It took days for the effects to wear off after I pruned the beast and I won't be letting it get so big again, that's for sure 

01/10/2012 at 16:10

yes i too have allergic response when pruning a buddleia. iain c

16/07/2014 at 13:25

Janice Stapleton

I brushed against branches of a buddleia when accessing my water butt-I have a large swelling plus a circle of bright red above on my arm -could it have caused this

16/07/2014 at 14:59

Anyone can be allergic to anything Polly. A red swollen circle sounds more like an insect bite though

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