Butterfly Bush, Summer Lilac, Orange-eye Butterfly Bush 'Peacock'

Buddleja davidii

Family: Buddlejaceae
Genus: Buddleja (BUD-lee-uh) (Info)
Species: davidii (duh-VID-ee-eye) (Info)
Cultivar: Peacock
Additional cultivar information:(English Butterfly Series; aka Peakeep)
Hybridized by Keep
Synonym:Buddleia davidii
Synonym:Buddleia variabilis
Synonym:Buddleja variabilis




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:



Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall




This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Payson, Arizona

Ozone, Arkansas

Garden Grove, California

Ridgefield, Connecticut

Hebron, Kentucky

Saint Louis, Missouri

West New York, New Jersey

Cleveland, Ohio

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 10, 2015, Mark_B from Garden Grove, CA wrote:

This plant is "hanging in there" during the drought, now into 2015. Hardly getting any water, it has remained mostly green, but with a lot of dead branches and leaves, which must be picked and pruned. This plant will tolerate being in the shade part of the day, which in my humble opinion, gives it a respite of sorts. It hardly needs fertilizing, but once a year, with an all-purpose liquid. It's very low-maintenance.


On Mar 26, 2009, ShrubSource from Zeeland, MI wrote:

Buddleia - English Butterfly™ Peacock™ Butterfly Bush

Peacock™ has rich pink distinct blooms in which the flowers radiate outward from the plant almost like rockets. The flower heads are also the largest of three in the English Butterfly™ series easily reaching 12 to 14 inches in length. It's a neat compact plant so even gardeners with limited space can attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Perfect for cut flowers, perennial or shrub borders, in masses or groupings. Will bloom best if cut back heavily in the spring.

The English Butterfly™ series are colorful Buddleia varieties that won't crowd their neighbors! These three new cultivars were developed in England, and are just now making their way across the Atlantic. Roughly a third the size of other butterfly... read more


On Nov 20, 2006, Marilynbeth from Hebron, KY wrote:

Beautiful color! BF's love it! I love having it!