Species & Hybrids Tender Winter Protection


Buddleja indica is best grown as a houseplant in the UK as it requires high temperatures. The green glossy leaves are smooth and evergreen but flowers are very unlikely in the UK.



Described and named in 1785 by the French naturalist Jean-Baptiste Pierre Antioine de Monet de Lamarck, B. indica is rare in cultivation.

Commonly called the Indoor Oak the species naturally occurs on the Mascarene Islands, Comoro and Madagascar where its shoots climb or trail to produce a 4m high shrub. from the coast to elevations of 2000m in open places or scrubby bush.


  • Flower Colour: Small and white
  • Habit: Shrub
  • Eventual height: 100cm (3ft)
  • Hardiness: Very tender. No temperatures below 15°C
  • Leaf colour: Pale green
  • Flowering: Does not flower in the UK
  • Fragrance:
  • Situation: Heated glasshouse
  • Wildlife:

Project Details



Place of Origin

Madagascar, Comoro and the Mascarene Islands

Plant Heritage

Accession Number B082

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


  • Genus Buddleja
  • Species indica
  • Category Tender Species Shrub
  • Colours and sizes are approximate and are intended as a guideline, cultivation notes should be followed

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