Hardy Buddleja Species & Cultivars

araucana syn nappii

Buddleja araucana is a hardy shrub in the UK bearing orange globose flowers in early summer. Similar to Buddleja globosa but with smaller leaves and flowerheads. Best grown in a sunny position.



Named by Hendrik Antoon Lorentz in 1818 in honour of Richard Napp, a naturalist in the early years of the Argentinean Republic. Changes in taxonomic methods have subsequently seen the name changed to B. arauncana by Rudolph Amandus Philippi, the German-Chilean Zoologist in 1873.

B. araucana is native to the steppes and semi-deserts of Patagonia, ranging from S. Mendoza to Rio Negro and Neuquen Provinces in Argentina and adjacent Chile at 300-1500m.



  • Flower Colour: Orange balls
  • Habit: Shrub
  • Eventual height: 250cm (8ft)
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Leaf colour: Large and green
  • Flowering: Early summer
  • Fragrance:
  • Situation: Prefers a sunny position
  • Wildlife:

Project Details



Place of Origin

Steppes of Patagonia

Plant Heritage

Accession Number B060

All details of our collection are held on the main Plant Heritage database including plant name, accession number, date of accession and plant source.


  • Genus Buddleja
  • Species araucana syn nappii
  • Category Hardy Species Shrub
  • Colours and sizes are approximate and are intended as a guideline, cultivation notes should be followed

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