Buddleja davidii 'Royal Red'

Butterfly bush

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Scented flowers, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


photo by Jo Whitworth, copyright GAP Photos (218822)

Plant details

One of Nigel Colborn's favourite plants for chalky soil, 'Royal Red' is also an Award of Garden Merit (AGM) holder. As tough and easy to grow as any of the butterfly bushes, it bears large panicles of dark red-purple flowers, up to 40cm (16in) long, from summer to autumn. As its common name suggests, butterflies flock to it when it is in bloom.

Family: Buddlejaceae

Genus: Buddleja

Species: davidii

Cultivar: Royal Red

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Purple

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Scented flowers, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 300cm

Spread: 500cm

Time to take cuttings: November to February

Flowering period: June to September

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