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Buddleja auriculata

weeping sage

An evergreen shrub to 3m, with lance-shaped, dark green leaves white beneath, and small orange-centred, white flowers in dense panicles in autumn and winter

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
2.5–4 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Green
Autumn Orange White Green
Winter Orange White Green
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H3
Botanical details
Family
Scrophulariaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Buddleja can be evergreen or deciduous shrubs, occasionally trees or scrambling climbers with simple leaves and panicles of small, tubular fragrant flowers

Name status

Correct

Plant range
S Africa

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun

Propagation

Root semi-ripe cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Hedging and screens
Pruning

Pruning group 6

Pests

Prone to aphids, capsid bug, caterpillars and earwigs. Leaf and bud eelworm, figwort weevil and mullein moth are occasionally troublesome

Diseases

Occasional problems with fungal leaf spot, honey fungus and a virus

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