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In the RHS Plant Finder under Buddleja davidii, a high percentage of the cultivars listed are hybrids; these are included in this category along with the B. Buzz series.
Gardeners, these are Buddleja commonly known as the “Butterfly Bush”.

For the more complex hybrids Chip, Dreaming & Flutterby® series, see hardy hybrids (these also attract butterflies).



Introduction Text

Buddleja, or Buddleia (also historically given as Buddlea), commonly known as the butterfly bush, is a genus comprising over 100 species of flowering plants endemic to Asia, Africa, and the Americas. The generic name bestowed by Linnaeus posthumously honoured the Reverend Adam Buddle (1662–1715), a botanist and rector in Essex, England, at the suggestion of Dr. William Houstoun. Houstoun sent the first plants to become known to science as Buddleja (B. americana) to England from the Caribbean about 15 years after Buddle’s death. (From Wikipedia)

Nomenclature

The botanic name has been the source of some confusion. By modern practice of botanical Latin, the spelling of a generic name made from ‘Buddle’ would be Buddleia, but Linnaeus in his Species Plantarum of 1753 and 1754 spelled it Buddleja, with the long i between two vowels.

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Adonis Blue

African Queen

Autumn Beauty

Black Knight

Blue Horizon

Border Beauty

Burncross

Butterfly Heaven

Buzz™

Buzz™ Indigo

Buzz™ Ivory

Buzz™ Lavender

Buzz™ Magenta

Buzz™ Sky Blue

Buzz™ Velvet

Camberwell Beauty

Castle School

Darent Valley

Dart’s Ornamental White

Dart’s Papillon Blue

Dart’s Purple Rain

Dartmoor

Dubonnet

Dudley’s Compact Lavender

Ecolonia

Ellen’s Blue

Empire Blue

Fascination

Flaming Violet

Florence

Fortune

Glasnevin

Gonglepod

Greenways River Dart

Grey Dawn

Griffin Blue

Gulliver

Harlequin

Ile de France

Leela Kapila

Les Kneale

Lilac Moon

Longstock Autumn Delight

Longstock Pink

Marbled White

Moonshine

Nanho Alba syn. B. Nanho White

Nanho Blue

Nanho Purple

Operette

Orchid Beauty

Orpheus

Panache

Peace

Peacock

Persephone

Pink Pearl

Pink Spread

Purple Emperor

Purple Friend

Reve de Papillon

Royal Red syn Royal Purple

Santana

Shire Blue

Southcombe Splendour

Sugar Plum

Summer Beauty

Summer House Blue

var. nanhoensis

White Ball

White Bouquet

White Cloud

White Profusion

White Wings

Windtor