Hardy Buddleja Species & Cultivars

lindleyana Floral Fanfare

Buddleja lindleyana ‘Floral Fanfare’ is completely different to the species and maybe the world’s first double flowered Buddleja. The purple–violet flowers are like B. lindleyana, but 95% are layers of silky double petals and strikingly beautiful  It can be grown as a shrub, although it is best trained on a short 1m stem to show off the pendulous flowers in a container or on a Patio.

Prune late spring down to 25cm but some protection in the first winter if the temperature falls below – 8°C may be necessary

The flowers are unscented and completely sterile, so no unwanted seedlings. The plant directs its energy into a long-lasting floral display from July until the end of September.

Regular removal of old flowers will extend the flowering period.




Over the past 20 years I have used Buddleja lindleyana several times as part of a breeding programme .

The Hillier Manual of Trees and Shrubs describes Buddleja lindleyana as such: The flowers’ racemes are purple-violet which are individually strikingly  beautiful. The overall effect is that only the flowers at the tip are in bloom, the rest on the racemes go brown.

In a controlled back cross with  Buddleja crispa, one seedling out of several hundred had double flowers.

Buddleja Floral Fanfare has been extensively trialled in my garden and 95 % of the flowers come true as doubles. 


  • Flower Colour: Purple violet double
  • Habit: Pendulous
  • Eventual height: 100cm (3ft) Spread: 50cm (1.5ft)
  • Hardiness: -10°C
  • Leaf colour: Light green
  • Flowering: July - October
  • Fragrance: No scent
  • Situation: Prefers a position in full sun, well drained and sheltered
  • Wildlife: Buddleja lindleyana attracts hummingbird hawk moths

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Place of Origin

B. lindleyana is native in the Chinese Provinces of Anhui, Fujian. Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Sichuan, Yunnan and Zhejiang; found growing on mountains beside trails, in scrub by streams and forest edges at elevations of 200-2700m.


Plant Heritage

Accession Number

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 lindleyana
  • Cultivar 'Floral Fanfare'
  • Category Hardy species
  • Colours and sizes are approximate and are intended as a guideline, cultivation notes should be followed
  • Propagation for resale is illegal without a licence from the agent

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