Buddleja Species, Butterfly Bush

Buddleja lindleyana

Family: Scrophulariaceae (skrof-yoo-larr-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Buddleja (BUD-lee-uh) (Info)
Species: lindleyana (lind-lee-AY-nuh) (Info)
Synonym:Buddleja insignis
Synonym:Buddleja lindleyana var. sinuatodentata
Synonym:Buddleja salicifolia




Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone



Bloom Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

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

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Berkeley, California

Fallbrook, California(5 reports)

Glendora, California

Martinez, California

San Francisco, California

Milliken, Colorado

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

Lake Toxaway, 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

Virginia Beach, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 21, 2020, jimnyo from Glendora, CA wrote:

Like others, I'm getting the suckering. But I'm gonna try to pot them up and sell them. But it may be getting outta hand soon. If that happens, I'll downgrade to a neutral. It's in partial shade with regular watering, so I wonder if it didn't get regular sprinklers if it would keep the suckering in check. But beautiful.


On Apr 6, 2017, bs23457 from Virginia Beach, VA wrote:

Purchased is plant many years ago from Plants Delight in NC. It is hardy and looks great. That being said it is sprouting up everywhere in my garden within a 4' radius of the mother plant. It is in my opinion a little invasive. I am having to stay on top of it to keep it contained.


On Jul 30, 2016, woodspirit1 from Lake Toxaway, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

I chose "Neutral" because I have not had it long. We thought it was suckers growing from another shrub but it turned up to amaze us when it started blooming.
I do have some nice pots to put it in, if necessary, but so far don't know if it can survive outside in a pot in zones 6-7. I am asking around.


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.


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, wh... read more


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

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


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

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


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 ... read more


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 :)