Buddleja davidi

Les Kneale

In our display B. ‘Les Kneale’ stands out not for its bright flowers but for the flower colour which are white to a faint pink blush. The erect flowers are complemented by lime green foliage.

 In some soils the flowers may only have a hint of lilac.

Planting in association with B. ‘Black Knight’ or. B. ‘Sugar Plum’ will show both to their best advange.




Buddleja davidiiLes Kneale’ is a cultivar cloned from a plant discovered on the Isle of Man by the Les Kneale who worked for the Department of Agriculture.






  • Flower Colour: White with a faint pink blush
  • Habit: Erect
  • Eventual height: 150-200cm (5-6ft) Spread: 150-200cm (5-6ft)
  • Hardiness: Very hardy - 20°C USDA zones 5-9
  • Leaf colour: Pale green
  • Flowering: Very floriferous. The flowers are 15-20cm (6-8") in length
  • Fragrance: Scented
  • 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 B067

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

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