Buddleja davidi

Dart’s Papillon Blue

B. ‘Dart’s Papillon Blue’ been dismissed as virtually indistinguishable from B. ‘Pixie Blue’

The Pixie series blue, red & white are no longer in the collection at Longstock as I removed them. It was misleading to gardeners as they were not dwarf, growing to 200 -250cm (6-7ft +).

It was suggested at the RHS Buddleja Trial that the name referred to the shape of the flower which resembled a pixie bonnet, I do not go along with that theory.

The first flush of creamy pale blue flowers with a yellow eye are the best but it is a plant of garden value and attracts interest when in flower.  Andrew Bullock, another collection holder describes it as ‘a lovely plant’.



B. ‘Darts Papillon Blue’ was raised by The Darthuizer Nursery in Leersum, The Netherlands.

The Buddleja davidii Pixie cultivars are of unknown origin. If anyone is able to provide any information on the origin please contact us.



  • Flower Colour: Creamy pale blue
  • Habit: Upright
  • Eventual height: 180-210cm (6-7ft) Spread: 180-210cm (6-7ft)
  • Hardiness: Very hardy - 20°C USDA zones 5-9
  • Leaf colour: Medium grey-green
  • Flowering: Very floriferous. The flowers are 20-25cm (8-9") 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 B008/B040

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 'Darts Papillon Blue’
  • Category semi - deciduous Shrub
  • Colours and sizes are approximate and are intended as a guideline, cultivation notes should be followed

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