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.