Buddleja davidi

Orchid Beauty

How many times have people rung me up and said I must have B. ‘Orchid Beauty’ because it is the best Buddleja in the world for attracting butterflies. All this because someone with a clipboard at a trial saw 3 tortoiseshell butterflies on that plant more than on B. ‘White Wings’. (Andrew Bullock Lavender Garden)

B. ‘Orchid Beauty’ is distinguished by its long sweetly scented flowers of clear lavender-blue flowers, occasionally exceeding 40cm; however secondary flowering after the initial flush is poor, almost insignificant. The foliage is medium green.

The first flush of flowers is a series of rounded balls

In my opinion no better than any other B. davidii for attracting butterflies, possibly less likely as it only has one good flush. See link Butterflies & Months



This cultivar is of unknown origin. If anyone is able to provide any information on the origin please contact us.






  • Flower Colour: Lavender blue
  • Habit: Erect
  • Eventual height: 200-250cm (6-8ft) Spread: 60-90cm (2-3ft)
  • Hardiness: Very hardy - 20°C USDA zones 5-9
  • Leaf colour: Medium green
  • Flowering: Very floriferous. The flowers are 30-40cm (12-16") in length
  • Fragrance: Sweetly scented and rich in nectar
  • 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 B155

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

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