Buddleja davidii 'Dartmoor'

Butterfly bush

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Scented flowers, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


photo by Fiona Lea, copyright GAP Photos (157795)

Plant details

Buddleja davidii has earned the common name of the butterfly bush thanks to its scented flowers which attract horders of hungry butterflies. 'Dartmoor' is a choice variety that has been given the Royal Horticultural Society's prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM) in recognition of its outstanding excellence. From summer to autumn, it bears branches panicles of reddish purple flowers. The leaves are narrow with deeply cut margins. To prune, cut back hard in early spring.

Family: Buddlejaceae

Genus: Buddleja

Species: davidii

Cultivar: Dartmoor

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Purple

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Scented flowers, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 300cm

Spread: 500cm

Time to take cuttings: November to February

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