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A deciduous spring flowering Buddleja bearing honey scented mauve flowers.


Discovered by a surgeon in the Russian army, B. officinalis was named and described by Karl Maximowicz in 1880 and introduced into western cultivation in 1908.

  • Flower Colour: Lilac mauve
  • Habit: Upright shrub
  • Eventual height: 200cm (6ft)
  • Hardiness: Requires some winter protection
  • Leaf colour: Grey woolly
  • Flowering: Winter
  • Fragrance: Very fragrant
  • Situation: South facing wall in warm areas or a glasshouse over winter
  • Wildlife: Attracts red admiral and peacock butterflies

Project Details

Project Details



Place of Origin

West Hubei, Sichuan and Yunnan provinces in China.

Plant Heritage

Accession Number B086/180

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

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