Buddleja davidi

Purple Friend

B. ‘Purple Friend’ is a compact small shrub growing to a height of 1.2 m and bearing relatively short (10–15 cm) panicles of deep-purple flowers complemented by grey-green foliage.



One of the first Buddleja cultivars to be bred by Andrew Bullock at The Lavender Garden, Tetbury, England in 2002. B. ‘Purple Friend’ was raised from B. ‘Black Knight’.

Named by Natasha Bellamy as a “Good Purple Friend” for Butterflies.


  • Flower Colour: Very deep purple with an orange throat
  • Habit: Compact
  • Eventual height: 100-120cm (3-4ft) Spread: 100-150cm (3-5ft)
  • Hardiness: Very hardy - 20°C USDA zones 5-9
  • Leaf colour: Small grey green
  • Flowering: Very floriferous in July and August. The flowers are 15-20cm (6-8") in length
  • Fragrance: Scented
  • Situation: Prefers a sunny position
  • Wildlife: Good for bees, butterflies and other insects
  • 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 B163

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 'Purple Friend’
  • Category semi - deciduous Shrub

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