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Buddleja crispa

Himalayan butterfly bush

A deciduous, upright, bushy shrub, up to around 3m in height, bearing racemes of small, pale lavender flowers, with a white eye, from mid to late summer. Oval leaves are felty and grey-green

Synonyms
Buddleja sterniana
Buddleja tibetica
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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
2.5–4 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Grey Silver Green
Summer Purple White Grey Silver Green
Autumn Grey Silver Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

West–facing or East–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Scrophulariaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
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
Himalaya

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How to grow

Cultivation

Requires full sun, good drainage and shelter, for example by a wall, as not totally hardy

Propagation

Propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Mediterranean climate plants
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

May be pruned hard back in spring as flowers on current season's growth

Pests

Generally trouble free

Diseases

Generally pest free

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