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Buddleja tibetica forms a sparse growing shrub with lilac – blue flowers, which fade as they open, on the previous year’s wood in early spring. Although root hardy this species is best grown in a pot and given winter protection.



Named and described in 1911 by Scottish botanist William Wright Smith, the first plants were introduced to the UK by Lord Wigram in 1931 as B. hastata. Modern taxonomic processes have split the species and B. tibetica exists in its own right although some sources still list it under B. crispa.

A native of Tibet and into SW China, it can be found among scrub, in woodland edges andalong stream banks.



  • Flower Colour: Lilac - blue
  • Habit: Sparse shrub
  • Eventual height: 250cm (8ft)
  • Hardiness: Root hardy
  • Leaf colour: Grey green
  • Flowering: Early spring
  • Fragrance:
  • Situation: Grown in a pot and provide winter protection
  • Wildlife:

Project Details



Place of Origin

Tibet into SW China

Plant Heritage

Accession Number B181

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 tibetica
  • Category Semi tender Species Shrub
  • Colours and sizes are approximate and are intended as a guideline, cultivation notes should be followed

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