Species & Hybrids Tender Winter Protection


Buddleja megalocephala is an introduction from very high altitudes in Guatemala where it grows up to 5m tall at 3350m alt. Long narrow foliage has particularly white hairy undersides and the terminal heads of yellow turning deep burnt orange flowers are produced in ball shaped clusters, much in the same way as B. globosa. (We are still waiting to see the flowers).



Named and described by the American taxonomist Captain John Donnell Smith in 1897.

B. megalocephala is endemic to Guatemala where it grows in the Central Highlands, the Sierra de los Cuchumatanes and on Mt. Tacana on the Mexican border at altitudes of 2700-4000m.


  • Flower Colour: Yellow turning burnt orange
  • Habit: Lax shrub
  • Eventual height: 200cm (6ft)
  • Hardiness: -5c
  • Leaf colour: Pale green with dense hairs beneath
  • Flowering: Late spring
  • Fragrance:
  • Situation: Full sun
  • Wildlife:

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Place of Origin


Plant Heritage

Accession Number B179

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

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