Known as- Buddleja
Grow Zone - 6 to 9
Type- Deciduous shrub
Smith Scl. hardy? No
Geography- Northern South America
ht.- 4 to 5 ft.
Span- 4 to 5 ft.
Coloring- Lilac blue
Shade/Light- Full sun
Moisture- Medium dampure
Hi/Lo Maint- Low
Grow in average, moderate wet, well-drained soil in full sun. Becomes
weedy and sparse with diminished flowering performance if not grown if
full sun. Does poorly in wet conditions. This species is only recommended
for growing in Zones 6-9. Therefore, in order for this plant to survive
the winter in the St. Louis area (Zone 5), it should be grown as an herbaceous
perennial with extra protection (e.g., grow in a protected place in the
garden and apply a heavy winter mulch). Cut back to the ground in late
winter to early spring. Removal of spent flower spikes will encourage
additional bloom, but final blooms may be left to facilitate reseeding.
This buddleja is a moderate sized, deciduous shrub with an arching, mounded
habit growing 4-5” tall. Gray-green leaves are long and pointed
(acuminate). Spike-like, terminal clusters of lilac blue flowers bloom
from July to September. Flowers are very attractive to butterflies. Popular
fresh cut flower. Will grow taller in the South (10-12”) where it
does not die to the ground in winter, but still may be pruned almost to
the ground there each year since it seems to flower best and form can
be better controlled when it is severely cut back.
No serious insect or disease problems.
Provides valuable late summer to early fall flowers when few other shrubs
are in bloom. Best grown in massed plantings as background in the perennial
border, mixed shrub border, rose, cottage or butterfly garden. Usually
does not make a good single specimen shrub.
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