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PlantFiles: Mountain Sagewood, Loricata Butterfly Bush
Buddleja loricata

Family: Buddlejaceae
Genus: Buddleja (BUD-lee-uh) (Info)
Species: loricata (lor-ih-KAY-ta) (Info)

Synonym:Buddleia loricata

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


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

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:

Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive bmottern On Nov 5, 2013, bmottern from Durham, NC wrote:

Saw the plant at the Raulston Arboretum in October. There was no indication of summer flowers but the plant appeared vigorous and the silvery white color of the foliage was spectacular.

Neutral M_Bond On Jan 27, 2009, M_Bond from Belmont, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

I have grown this shrub in my garden in California for over three years, but it has yet to bloom for me. However, the attractive dark green leaves with wooly white undersides make it nice enough to grow anyway. The flowers are supposed to be quite low-key (wooly whitish-cream) but sweetly scented.


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

Redwood City, California
Cary, North Carolina
Durham, North Carolina

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