Buddleja davidi

Dudley’s Compact Lavender

A very old cultivar with pale lavender to lilac flowers and silver grey leaves; in my opinion B. ‘Southcombe Splendor’ is better.

In the Royal Horticultural Society’s Buddleja Euro-trial at Wisley it was unplaced in the public popularity poll.



Buddleja davidiiDudley’s Compact Lavender’ is an obscure American cultivar of unknown provenance, which may have an association with the Farquhar Nursery of Dedham, Massachusetts who raised the hybrid cultivar ‘Eva Dudley’ around 1918.



  • Flower Colour: Pale lavender to lilac
  • Habit: Upright
  • Eventual height: 100-150cm (3-5ft) Spread: 100-150cm (3-5ft)
  • Hardiness: Very hardy - 20°C USDA zones 5-9
  • Leaf colour: Medium silver grey
  • Flowering: The flowers are 15-20cm (6-8") in length
  • Fragrance: Scented
  • Situation: Prefers a sunny position
  • Wildlife: Good for bees and butterflies
  • 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 B139

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 Buddleja
  • Cultivar 'Dudley’s Compact Lavender’
  • Category semi - deciduous Shrub
  • Colours and sizes are approximate and are intended as a guideline, cultivation notes should be followed

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