Buddleja davidi

Darent Valley

A very recent introduction which did very well at the RHS Wisley Buddleja Trial for habit and the profusion of flowers.

Compact in habit bearing pale green leaves and clean white flowers with an orange throat.



Buddleja ‘Darent Valley’ was found as a chance seedling on the banks of the River Darent, which runs from its source in the Greensand hills south of Westerham and Sevenoaks and on into the Thames at Dartford, Kent, England. It was found in the Darent Valley near Farningham around 1987 hence the name by Gerald Roberts.

In 1992 it was shown at the RHS summer show in Vincent Square, where it won the class on the day and was taken to the meeting room for an award. It won a Preliminary Commendation subject to trials in the future and was sent to trials at Wisley (2008-10) where it won an AGM.

  • Flower Colour: Pure white with an orange throat
  • Habit: Erect
  • Eventual height: 150-200cm (5-6ft) Spread: 150-200cm (5-6ft)
  • Hardiness: Very hardy - 20°C USDA zones 5-9
  • Leaf colour: Pale green
  • Flowering: Very floriferous. The flowers are 25-30cm (9-12") in length
  • Fragrance: Sweetly scented and rich in nectar
  • Situation: Prefers a sunny position
  • Wildlife: Good for bees, butterflies and other insects
  • Later in the year some close up images of the flowers and leaves will be added along with a botanical description.

Project Details



Place of Origin

Central China, west China and Japan

Plant Heritage

Accession Number B137

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


15 Buddleja were awarded an AGM  at the 2008-10 Wisley Trial.  It was mainly the  Buddleja davidii that were judged but we have many others in our 160+ collection which are worthy winners.



  • Genus Buddleja
  • Species davidii
  • Cultivar 'Darent Valley' AGM
  • Category semi - deciduous Shrub
  • Colours and sizes are approximate and are intended as a guideline, cultivation notes should be followed

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