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Buddleja davidii 'Pink Delight'

Family: Buddlejaceae
Genus: Buddleja (BUD-lee-uh) (Info)
Species: davidii (duh-VID-ee-eye) (Info)
Cultivar: Pink Delight

Synonym:Buddleia davidii
Synonym:Buddleia variabilis
Synonym:Buddleja variabilis

9 vendors have this plant for sale.

23 members have or want this plant for trade.


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

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6 positives
4 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative Tibble22 On Oct 3, 2011, Tibble22 from Panama City Beach, FL wrote:

Bought this plant early this past Spring and planted it immediately. It is now early Autumn and the plant still has done very little. It gets full sun and is watered regularly. Spikes of blooms have been very small, not fragrant and spindley. The entire plant has only grown about an inch all season. I plan on yanking it out of my garden and tossing it. Back home in Chicago we had them as kids and they grew profusely and attracked bees and butterflies, not here in Florida.

Positive suentommy On Sep 8, 2010, suentommy from Souderton, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Love this bush. The flower spikes look so beautiful Today is a windy day and they are nodding in the breeze and the fragrance comes right into my home. I made sure I planted them so that when the wind blew I'd get the fragrance inside.

Neutral vossner On Aug 6, 2007, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I think this is a very beautiful cultivar but I lost mine suddenly, I think due to excessive rains. I will get another one. I have 3-4 other cultivars that were totally unfazed by the rains, so I'm a little puzzled.

Neutral 1cros3nails4gvn On May 27, 2007, 1cros3nails4gvn from Bluffton, SC (Zone 9a) wrote:

here, the bush is an evergreen shrub. it tries to grow during the winter, but only very slowly. we cut ours back every few years or so to keep it in control.

Neutral mz_pimp93 On Apr 29, 2007, mz_pimp93 from Morgan Hill, CA wrote:

I just bought a butterfly bush yesterday, and I am not sure how to care for it. It's only about 1-2 1/2 feet. If you have any tips, PLEASE HELP!!! Greatly appreciated.

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

I love it! Beautiful!

I love the color and I try to keep it deadheaded at all times and pinched back for compactness.

Positive ZZsBabiez On Oct 22, 2005, ZZsBabiez from Lodi, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Talk about drought resistance!!
I found a bush laying on the ground that hadn't been watered in 5 years other than by Mother Nature. It was alive, but somewhat shriveled, with broken limbs and very sparse. This bush has teeny tiny blooms (compared to these pictures) it is starving to death, but it is an exact duplicate to the picture of that majestic bloom in the picture. This one has found a loving home and I will do my best to bring it back to it's original beauty.

Positive Tjsangel On Jul 29, 2005, Tjsangel from Warren, OH wrote:

I love this butterfly bush! Mine is 12 ft and flowering now, and this morning I saw a swallowtail butterfly and hummingbird on it. Flowers are sweetly scented, it likes dry conditions w/a little water. Easy to grow and beautiful.

Positive jamie68 On Jul 12, 2005, jamie68 from Vancouver, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Buttrfly bushes are all pretty plants in my opinion....but this one is stunning!!! Gorgeous, soft pink flowers with an orange eye on spikes well over one foot long...and born in profusion!!! When cut back to 6"-12" in late winter - early spring, it can attain 10 ft by summer, with a beautiful shape!! I have several Buddliea, this is easily my favorite! And the fragrance....WOW!!!! A+++

Neutral smiln32 On Nov 25, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Most butterfly bushes are hardy in zones 5 - 9. If you live in zone 5 or a colder zone, the tops in your butterfly bushes will likely die back over the winter. Even so, they will come back the next growing season bigger and better then before. Butterfly bushes prefer full sun (they must receive eight or more hours of sun a day to thrive). This cultivar can reach a height of up to 10'. It's pink flower spikes are stunningly beautiful.

Positive lupinelover On Jan 10, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

The flower spikes are very beautiful on this cultivar. It should be cut to the ground every year to keep it in shape and size. Seeds do not come true.


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

Blytheville, Arkansas
Elk Grove, California
Eureka, California (2 reports)
Jacumba, California
Oakley, California
Perris, California
Redondo Beach, California
San Jose, California
Sonoma, California
Bear, Delaware
Chiefland, Florida
Dania, Florida
Delray Beach, Florida
Lake Wales, Florida
Sebring, Florida
Conyers, Georgia
Dacula, Georgia
Chicago, Illinois
Oak Lawn, Illinois
Nashville, Indiana
South Bend, Indiana
Princeton, Kansas
Hebron, Kentucky
Shreveport, Louisiana
Sandwich, Massachusetts
Brooklyn, Michigan
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Madison, Mississippi
Saint Peters, Missouri
Candia, New Hampshire
Denville, New Jersey
Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey
Verona, New Jersey
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Buffalo, New York
Poughkeepsie, New York
Candler, North Carolina
Carthage, North Carolina
Raeford, North Carolina
Dover, Ohio
Rio Grande, Ohio
Thurman, Ohio
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Cheshire, Oregon
Catasauqua, Pennsylvania
Clearfield, Pennsylvania
Greensburg, Pennsylvania
Reading, Pennsylvania
Rochester, Pennsylvania
Souderton, Pennsylvania
Providence, Rhode Island
Bluffton, South Carolina
Gilbert, South Carolina
Lexington, South Carolina
North, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Austin, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Irving, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Rosenberg, Texas
Lexington, Virginia
Mc Lean, Virginia
Norfolk, Virginia
Sterling, Virginia
Vancouver, Washington

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