Buddleja, Butterfly Bush, Golden Butterfly Bush 'Honeycomb'

Buddleja x weyeriana

Family: Scrophulariaceae (skrof-yoo-larr-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Buddleja (BUD-lee-uh) (Info)
Species: x weyeriana (wey-er-ee-AH-na) (Info)
Cultivar: Honeycomb
Additional cultivar information:(aka Honey Comb)




Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Gold (yellow-orange)

Pale Yellow

Bright Yellow

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

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:


Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


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

Birmingham, Alabama

Springville, Alabama

Boulder Creek, California

Eureka, California

Fairfield, California

Paradise, California

Rancho Calaveras, California

San Anselmo, California

San Leandro, California

Pueblo, Colorado

Wilmington, Delaware

Clearwater, Florida

Orange Park, Florida

Plant City, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Zephyrhills, Florida

Braselton, Georgia

Dacula, Georgia

Lebanon, Georgia

Villa Rica, Georgia

Palmyra, Illinois

Barbourville, Kentucky

Ewing, Kentucky

Hebron, Kentucky

Zachary, Louisiana

Brookeville, Maryland

Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Fair Play, Missouri

Springfield, Missouri

Oxford, North Carolina

Oakland, Oregon

Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania

Mount Joy, Pennsylvania

Westerly, Rhode Island

Columbia, South Carolina

North Augusta, South Carolina

Lenoir City, Tennessee

Austin, Texas

Houston, Texas

Lampasas, Texas

Liberty Hill, Texas

Lubbock, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Kaysville, Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah

Alexandria, Virginia

Chantilly, Virginia

Chesapeake, Virginia

Grand Mound, Washington

Olympia, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

Madison, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 30, 2016, Ancolie88 from Innsbruck,
Austria (Zone 6b) wrote:

I am happy to have Buddleja x weyeriana here in my garden in Austria. Its fragrant is delicious like honey!!! And this one is not invasive here like Buddleja davidii!


On Dec 10, 2010, ThomPotempa from Houston, TX wrote:

This guy managed to keep on blooming throughout the severe winter last year! Copious blooms and is a butterly/insect magnet.


On Mar 21, 2010, pgcarroll from Belleair, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

What a satisfying plant. We've had this one planted in full sun for three years now and it just keeps on flowering. We did have a problem with nematodes which were causing the plant to decline from the outside (tips) in. It had been looking so wonderful and I couldn't figure out what was happening. We have a good friend who's very knowledgeable about all plants in Florida, and he diagnosed nematodes. He told me to take some cuttings and re-plant them when they started to show new growth. I planted the successful cuttings in October '09 and those little babies made it through our freezes this year and, although they are not currently flowering, I have faith that they will. I planted several cuttings together for a "single" plant.

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On Jan 19, 2010, cloverlymd from Silver Spring, MD wrote:

In my garden (Md.) this has been scrawny and didn't bloom much considering its size.


On May 27, 2008, Fleurs from Columbia, SC wrote:

Honeycomb's flowers begin the summer shaped almost like balls, but as the summer progresses, the flowers lengthen until they resemble the ordinary trusses associated with butterfly gardens.

My only complaint is one of my own making: the shrub must contend with my neighbor's very thirsty maple roots. If I don't water Honeycomb, the foliage begins to look tawdry. Hope to do a better job caring for the shrub this summer!


On Apr 15, 2007, nwiebe from (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is an absolute must have for anyone loving butterfly bushes (buddleia). Mine is huge and averages around 6-7 feet tall here in central texas and full of blooms, the butterflies love it and so do the bees. Very easy to maintain.


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

Love it! Love the color!


On Dec 9, 2003, saya from Heerlen,
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is also a fine Budleia that blooms whole summer until frost really hits hard. I cut it down every spring to 50 cm and it runs out to a firm bush of 200 cm again. I keep it deadheading while it blooms. Butterflies and bees love it too. It has a strong honeyscent which you also expect with the colour. It's very easy to maintain and very droughtresistant and disease-/crittersfree. Last winter we had frosts down to -20 C and it came out perfect. I live in the Netherlands in a zone 8a. it was sold to me as a Budleia globosa, but it turned out not to be one (I think).


On Oct 3, 2003, TerriFlorida from Plant City, FL wrote:

Hm. I was warned when I bought this one that it could get seven feet tall. Is that short? I sent for it from S. Carolina, I live in west central Florida, zone 9b most of the time. I planted this bush last November. We had our usual winter regarding 2-3 frosts, but unusual in that it rained a lot. (Our usual rainy season is summer.) Honeycomb bloomed all winter, all spring, and all summer. I cut it back in August, later than I'd intended. It's blooming again now. For all I know, this bush could be short-lived down here. But its very fragrant, unusual flowers were VERY welcome all last winter! Many little native bees visited it, many sulfur butterflies did too.


On Jun 1, 2003, lauburt from Vancouver, WA wrote:

A different butterfly bush for a couple of reasons. One is that the bloom is in small, roundish sections instead of long and cone-like. The second is that is doesn't grow quite as tall as some other varieties, which can be nice in a smaller space. Flowers still have the same, sweet scent. I like this one a lot!