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Buddleja alternifolia

Weeping butterfly bush

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour

Lavender

Feature

Flowers, Scented flowers, Attractive to wildlife

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

Buddleja alternifolia

Plant details

Buddleja alternifolia, found wild in Chinese hedgerows, is different to the more familiar Buddleja davidii. Its branches are more slender, arching or weeping almost to the ground, with leaves appearing in early summer. Dense clusters of soft lilac-purple or pink fragrant flowers stud the full length of the previous year's stems. As with Buddleja davidii, its flowers are a magnet for butterflies and other pollinators. It can be trained against a wall or grown as a delightful weeping standard. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Grow Buddleja alternifolia in fertile, well drained soil in full sun. Its stems can become tangled unless trained – prune and organise these after flowering.

Family: Buddlejaceae

Genus: Buddleja

Species: alternifolia

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Lavender

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Scented flowers, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 400cm

Spread: 400cm

Time to take cuttings: November to February

Time to prune: February to March


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