very dark purple 4 petal flowers borne on a nodding panicle, 6-8 plus inches, blooms on new wood
very fine seeds
simple, opposite, green, lanceolate
6 by 6 feet, much smaller in the colder hardiness zones
Since it blooms on new wood the die back in the cooler climates may keep the size down but still lots of blossoms should occur. If it looks dead in the spring, wait till the weather warms up before you compost it, it may sprout back to life.
seeds may not come true to type, softwood cuttings
Native to Western China. Has been sold as a landscape plant since the 1890's
Selection in 1959.
The genus name Buddleia was named after Reverend Buddle a French missionary and plant collector.
I remember the first time I saw up close and personal the Butterfly Bush. It was on a tour of Piccadilly Farms in Georgia. A large plant 6-8 by 6-8 and was covered with Flutterbys (Butterfly's). Melinda Meyers in her book wrote she had Butterfly Bushes living for over 5 years (zone #5)
Notes & Reference
#1-Manual of Woody Landscape Plants (Michael Dirr), #55-The Garden Book for Wisconsin (Melinda Myers), #183-Buddlejas (David D. Stuart)