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.