Buddleja davidi

Marbled White

Another of the Butterfly series, B. Marbled White is a compact shrub more so than B. Buzz™ Ivory with pale green leaves.

The flowers are long and creamy white with orange eyes

The photos clearly show secondary small leaves (bracts) between the flowers.



Buddleja ‘Markeep’ (selling name MARBLED WHITE) is a cultivar raised by Elizabeth Keep in her garden after her retirement from East Malling Research Station in 1983. Elizabeth’s main objective was to breed shorter cultivars with a range of colours.

Elizabeth produced a series of cultivars which were all named after British butterflies.





  • Flower Colour: Creamy white with an orange eye
  • Habit: Compact
  • Eventual height: 100-150cm (3-5ft) Spread: 60-90cm (2-3ft)
  • Hardiness: Very hardy - 20°C USDA zones 5-9
  • Leaf colour: Pale green
  • Flowering: The flowers are 15-20cm (6-8") 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 B152

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 Marbled White 'Markeep' EU PBR pending
  • Category semi - deciduous Shrub
  • Propagation for resale is illegal without a licence from the agent
  • Colours and sizes are approximate and are intended as a guideline, cultivation notes should be followed

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