Buddleja davidi

Greenways River Dart

An upright form of B. davidii ‘Dartmoor’, B. ‘Greenways River Dart’ is distinguished by its branched terminal lilac blue flowers which appear slightly earlier than B. ‘Dartmoor’.

Several years ago on a hot summer’s day it was covered in Painted Lady butterflies.



A chance seedling found by Roger Clark, former head gardener at Greenways, the home of novelist Agatha Christie. Greenways is situated on the river Dart near Galmpton in Devon, England hence the name.





  • Flower Colour: Lilac blue
  • Habit: Upright
  • Eventual height: 150-200cm (5-6ft) Spread: 150-200cm (5-6ft
  • Hardiness: Very hardy - 20°C USDA zones 5-9
  • Leaf colour: Medium 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 B145

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

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