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PlantFiles: Butterfly Bush
Buddleja lindleyana

Family: Buddlejaceae
Genus: Buddleja (BUD-lee-uh) (Info)
Species: lindleyana (lind-lee-AY-nuh) (Info)

Synonym:Buddleia lindleyana

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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


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

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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6 positives
4 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive rednyr On Mar 13, 2012, rednyr from Sumter, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have had this plant for two years now and just noticed a ton of lateral shoots coming up everywhere (suckers) I have dug 7 of them up to see how they will do...

I find this a very water wise plant, grows to 6'+ for me, it's also been evergreen in my 8A zone. I have it planted in bright filtered sun by the back deck and this has not affected the qty of blooms.

The bloom time is quite long and I do love how the raceme's open slowly, growing longer over the bloom period.

Positive yotedog On Mar 19, 2009, yotedog from Raleigh, NC wrote:

There is a beautiful specimen growing at Plant Delights Nursery near Raleigh, NC. They have pruned it to a single trunk, making it more of a small tree with beautiful, weeping form. It is planted on a slight rise, with a path below, so when you walk under it the flowers are just above or at your height. The perfect use of this beautiful plant, in my opinion!

I have two, in the ground for two years in an area that does not get as much sun as they might desire. Mine have not shown any signs of spreading, though they are good sized plants. Perhaps lack of light or competition from other plants slows the urge to sucker.

I agree with the opinion stated above that they appear to be more mite resistant. Mine are planted side by side with the more common buddleia, which are infested almost every year with spider mites. These don't become infested.

Neutral green_ice On Jul 4, 2008, green_ice from Hong Kong
China wrote:

Don't plant near water 'cause it's slightly poisonous to fish.

Neutral frostweed On Feb 14, 2007, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Butterfly Bush Buddleja lindleyana is Native to Texas and other states.

Positive seedpicker_TX On Aug 9, 2006, seedpicker_TX from (Taylor) Plano, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I absolutely LOVE this plant!

It has such a graceful weeping habit, and dark green leaves. The foliage is quite dense and compact, not leggy and floppy like the davidii.

The blooms just go, & go& go...
They continue down the raceme, blooming as they grow longer. This is a butterfly magnet, as well as hummingbird and bumble bee attractor. This bush is in full bloom even in the very hottest part of our scorching TX summers(over 100 degrees).

Not many people know about this one, but I highly recommend it!

I've not experienced the suckering, and I've had mine for many years, now. I guess if it did start to sucker, I'd be happy to dig them, so I could share this wonderful bush.

In winter it is evergreen for me, and in summer "ever-purple"!

Neutral cathy97 On Jul 4, 2006, cathy97 from Whitney, TX wrote:

It is evergreen here which is nice, the downside is that is spreads easily, too easily. I have grown it in shade which slows down the spreading but also keeps it short.

Neutral rcn48 On Feb 1, 2006, rcn48 from Lexington, VA (Zone 6a) wrote:

This Buddleja looks nothing like the typical Buddleja. Its foliage is a lustrous dark green and appears more mite resistant than the B. davidii cultivars. Flowers are formed on new growth so pruning to remove spent flowers results in more flowers. The flowers are non-fragrant, however butterflies are as prevalent on this species as they are on B. davidii.

Although I'd like to give this a Positive rating because of its lovely foliage and flowers, I'm giving it a Neutral because it has proven almost weedy in our gardens with runners showing up throughout the garden as much as 10 feet from the base of the plant and has become a nuisance to control.
Extremely easy to root from cuttings.

Positive hortulusaptus On Jan 31, 2006, hortulusaptus from Berkeley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Yes, this species can start to spread via underground stems - not a hideous pest, but you will find it showing up here and there in a small garden. Good for more of a 'hedgerow' planting where it can be appreciated and its suckering is not a problem. I love the 'up-side-down' flower spikes which arch out and down - appealing to be surprised by one while walking on a path. They also make fabulous cut flowers, lasting a very long time, opening more flowers over time towards the spike tip. On the plant individual spikes can actually continue to expand and open flowers continuously, becoming 12, 24, or 36 inches long!!! Many spikes will resprout from the same stem, but eventually this stem will exhast itself and should be cut out at the base of the plant.

Positive plantnutz On Jan 15, 2006, plantnutz from Austell, GA (Zone 7a) wrote:

I love this plant but I think it might become invasive if left untended for long.

Positive Terry On Aug 22, 2003, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

A relatively unknown, this species is frequently overlooked in favor of the numerous cultivars of Buddleia davidii, this Chinese native has a lot going for it - smooth foliage, pendulous flowers grace a weeping form and cinnamon-colored stems that don't require the same hard pruning as other Butterfly Bushes. IMO, it deserves a home in more gardens :)


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

Berkeley, California
Fallbrook, California
Martinez, California
Hollywood, Florida
Keystone Heights, Florida
Miami, Florida
Molino, Florida
Barnesville, Georgia
Barbourville, Kentucky
Ringgold, Louisiana
Fallston, Maryland
Mathiston, Mississippi
Saint Louis, Missouri
Bethpage, New York
Millbrook, New York
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Hampstead, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Wake Forest, North Carolina
Lakewood, Ohio
Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania
Greenville, South Carolina
Sumter, South Carolina
Belton, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Magnolia, Texas
Plano, Texas (2 reports)
San Antonio, Texas
Spring, Texas
Whitney, Texas
Lexington, Virginia

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