Buddleja davidi

Flaming Violet

In my opinion this plant has little garden value. There are so many newer introductions, so sales have declined over the years.

A large shrub with violet flowers and dark green leaves.


Buddleja davidiiFlaming Violet’ is an old American cultivar raised by Paul Schmidt at Youngstown, Ohio, and patented in 1942.




  • Flower Colour: Violet 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 green
  • Flowering: The flowers are 20-25cm (8-9") 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 B142

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

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