Buddleja davidii 'Harlequin'

Butterfly bush

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Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Flowers, Dramatic foliage, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


photo by Neil Holmes, copyright GAP Photos (22815)

Plant details

This vigorous butterfly bush has arching branches with variegated, lance-shaped, deep green and creamy-white leaves. This shrub is grown primarily for its sweetly scented panicles of red-purple flowers which appear from mid-summer to autumn, and as its common name suggests, butterflies flock to it when in bloom. Regular deadheading will prolong the flowering period. Prune back hard each spring to encourage new growth that will produce flowers.

Family: Buddlejaceae

Genus: Buddleja

Species: davidii

Cultivar: Harlequin

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Purple

Foliage colour: Golden variegation

Feature: Flowers, Dramatic foliage, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 200cm

Spread: 200cm

Time to take cuttings: November to February

Flowering period: July to October

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