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Buddleja 'Attraction'

Family: Buddlejaceae
Genus: Buddleja (BUD-lee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Attraction


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8 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 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


Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

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


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

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 woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
By simple layering
By air layering
By tip layering

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive harper97 On Jun 5, 2010, harper97 from Pelham, NH wrote:

This is my only buddleia, so I can't really make comparisons except to say it's as big as any I've seen in this region (So. NH). This year mine is especially big because the winter was mild and it suffered little of the usual die-back. This is reddish for a buddleia, but I'd call it more of a Welch's grape juice, fine amethyst with red flashes, sort of purple. It has a lovely fragrance that reminds me of the taste of mullberries. I have it growing on the bank of my lily pond, where the branches arch artfully over the water, and find it quite delightful in full, butterfly-covered, bloom. The only issue I've had with it is some yellowing in the leaves, probably from under-feeding.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 16, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Buddleia davidii 'Attraction' BUTTERFLY BUSH Dec (z5) (Bfly,Fra,Cut)
The winner from over 2000 original Sungold seedlings, this selection forms a compact 6-8' (rather than the usual 10-15') bush with attractive gray-grn foliage and fragrant! magenta-red! flowers. Sun/Med


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

O Fallon, Missouri
Pelham, New Hampshire
Medina, New York
Garrettsville, Ohio
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
North Augusta, South Carolina
Collinsville, Texas
Grand Mound, Washington
Seattle, Washington

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