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This buddleia, found wild in Chinese hedgerows, is different from the more familiar varieties. The branches are more slender, arching or weeping almost to the ground, with leaves in early summer. Soft lilac-purple or pink fragrant flowers in dense clusters stud the full length of the previous year's stems. These can become tangled unless trained, and plants benefit from thinning and organising after flowering. Plants also make excellent weeping standards. As its common name suggests, while in flower, this plant attracts dozens of butterflies. Buddleia is best grown in fertile, well drained soil and requires full sun. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it the prestigious Award of Garden Merit.
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
Skill level: Beginner
Time to take cuttings: November to February
Time to prune: February to March
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