Species & Hybrids Tender Winter Protection


Buddleja sterniana is a deciduous shrub which bears lavender flowers with orange eyes on the previous year’s wood before the leaves appear in early spring. Best grown in a pot as it requires winter protection.



Described and named by English botanist Arthur Disbrowe Cotton in 1947, B. sterniana is rare in cultivation.

A native of the Yunnan Province in China where it grows in light scrub, natural gullies and by stream edges.




  • Flower Colour: Lavender with an orange eye
  • Habit: Deciduous spreading shrub
  • Eventual height: 200cm (6ft)
  • Hardiness: Winter protection required
  • Leaf colour: Green covered with white woolly hairs
  • Flowering: April
  • Fragrance: Scented
  • Situation: Glasshouse
  • Wildlife:

Project Details



Place of Origin

Yunnan Province in China

Plant Heritage

Accession Number B099

All details of our collection are held on the main Plant Heritage database including plant name, accession number, date of accession and plant source.


  • Genus Buddleja
  • Species sterniana
  • Category Tender Species Shrub
  • Colours and sizes are approximate and are intended as a guideline, cultivation notes should be followed

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