Buddleja davidi

Reve de Papillon

B. Reve de Papillon makes a broad bushy shrub, 150cm x 250cm, bearing erect broad terminal flowers of purplish-pink with grey-green foliage. The panicles are similar size to B. davidii ‘Gulliver’, a show stopper when in flower.




Buddelja Reve de Papillon was found by Olivier Pallusiere of Minier Nursery, Beaufort-en-Vallée, France from an openly-pollinated ‘Royal Red’ in the stock plant area. At the time Olivier worked on the nursery before becoming a salesman a few years later.

Lots of Buddleja seedlings came up but Olivier did not weed out this particular plant because it had an exceptionally big and attractive flower.

It went into trials at Minier and the company has grown it ever since.


  • Flower Colour: Deep purplish pink
  • Habit: Erect
  • Eventual height: 200-250cm (6-8ft) Spread: 60-90cm (2-3ft)
  • Hardiness: Very hardy - 20°C USDA zones 5-9
  • Leaf colour: Large 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, 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 B164

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 Reve de Papillon registered name 'Minpap'
  • Category semi - deciduous Shrub

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